Blog Posts: Balint Vekassy

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Junior and U23 paddlers on the rise

John Gregory
2 August 2016

Today’s post looks at the recent ICF Junior & U23 World Championships as well as previous results to see what this can tell us about future Olympics medallists.

I wrote the following Most Promising Paddler Award post on August 2, 2012.

“I suggested that it was not a question on whether Australia’s young 18-year-old Junior World Champion would win a medal, only at which Olympics and what colour. For her to win a silver medal this afternoon at Lee Valley during London2012 is truly mind blowing. She won the Junior World Championship only last month in...Read more

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Canoe slalom technique and terminology

John Gregory
31 July 2016

Today’s attention shifts to describing features of the slalom course and the techniques used to negotiate it. You can refer to the last two posts exploring the kayak classes and canoe classes.

The basics of canoe slalom techniques

The goal for the slalom paddler is to race as fast as possible from the start line to finish line, negotiating up to 25 slalom gates without touching them. The gates must be negotiated in numerical order...Read more