On Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canoe Kayak Canada named the nine athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in canoe/kayak at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
There are two Olympic disciplines in canoe/kayak. Sprint racing features head-to-head racing in a true test of speed and endurance. In canoe slalom, athletes plummet down a whitewater course and battle enormous currents while navigating through a series of gates in an effort to clock the fastest time.
The sprint team selections include the return of three medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games: four-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden; two-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mark de Jonge; and Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw. The women’s kayak team is led by veteran Émilie Fournel. She will be joined by her training partner Andréanne Langlois and the K-2 duo of Kathleen Fraser and Genevieve Orton who earned their spots on the team on Friday after winning a race-off in Montreal.
Michael Tayler is set to compete at his second Olympic Games in men’s K-1 slalom; and Cameron Smedley, who has made one top-ten World Cup final this year, will compete in men’s C-1.
The canoe slalom competition will take place at the Whitewater Stadium, August 7 to 11. Sprint events will take place at Lagoa Stadium from August 15 to 20.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.
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The canoe/kayak team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Mark de Jonge, Halifax, NS, Men’s K-1 200m (sprint)
Émilie Fournel, Lachine, QC – Women’s K-1 500m (sprint)
Kathleen (KC) Fraser, Oakville, ON – Women’s K-2 500m (sprint)
Adam van Koeverden, Oakville, ON – Men’s K-1 1000m (sprint)
Andréanne Langlois, Québec City, QC – Women’s K-1 200m (sprint)
Mark Oldershaw, Burlington, ON – Men’s C-1 1000m (sprint)
Genevieve Orton, Lake Echo, NS – Women’s K-2 500m (sprint)
Cameron Smedley, Dunrobin, ON – Men’s C-1 (slalom)
Michael Tayler, Ottawa, ON – Men’s K-1 (slalom)
Sprint Coach – Frédéric Jobin, Lac-Beauport, QC
Sprint Coach – Scott Oldershaw, Toronto, ON
Sprint Coach – Peter Martinek, Toronto, ON
Slalom Coach – Michal Staniszewski, Gatineau, QC
Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations.
Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee Website | Olympic.ca