Slalom heads to the Olympic course in La Seu d’Urgell
The 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup heads to La Seu d’Urgell for the 15th time as the second in a series of five 2016 World Cups gets underway on Friday.
Four World Cup events in La Seu d'Urgell have been won by Spaniards. Maialen Chourraut (ESP) won K1W in 2010 and 2014, Jordi Domenjo (ESP) won C1M in 2012 and Samuel Hernanz (ESP) K1M in 2014.
Jessica Fox (AUS) and twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner (SVK) have all won a record four World Cup events in La Seu d'Urgell.
Michal Martikán (SVK, G3-B2), Tony Estanquet (FRA, G2-S1-B2) and Elena Kaliská (SVK, S3-B2) have claimed most podium places in La Seu d'Urgell (all five).
Hugo Cailhol and Nicolas Scianimanico (FRA) won this event last week in Ivrea, their first podium place in a World Cup event.
Cailhol / Scianimanico can become the first pair to win the first two C2M World Cup events of the season since twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner in 2002 (Guangzhou/Augsburg).
The Hochschorner brothers have won a record 31 World Cup events, all in C2M. Their last victory dates back to 5 July 2015, when they were victorious in Liptovský Mikuláš. They finished 10th last week in Ivrea.
They have won the C2M World Cup standings a record 10 times. However, their last victory came in 2011.
The 10 victories in World Cup standings are also the most across all events.
Michal Jáne (CZE) won the this event last week in Ivrea, his second World Cup win in this event, after also winning in Prague in 2010.
Jáne can become the first man to win successive C1M races since Anze Bercic (SLO) won respectively in La Seu d'Urgell and Tacen in 2013.
The last man to win the first two C1M World Cup events of the season was Tony Estanguet (FRA) in 2004.
Last year, all five World Cup C1M events were won by five different men. That also happened in 2014.
In 2013, Bercic was the only man to win twice as he was victorious in La Seu d'Urgell and Tacen.
Jessica Fox (AUS) has won a record 12 World Cup events in C1W. Rosalyn Lawrence (AUS) follows with four victories.
Fox won this event last week in Ivrea. The last to win the C1W World Cup event in succession was Fox herself when she claimed four consecutive wins in 2013 (including in La Seu d'Urgell).
She can become the first woman to win the first two World Cup races of the season in this event.
Fox has won this event at the last three World Cup seasons held in La Seu d'Urgell.
Fox has won the C1W World Cup standings twice, including last year (2013 and 2015). This ties the record held by Lawrence, who has won in 2011 and 2012.
Giovanni De Gennaro (ITA) won this event in Ivrea last week. He can become the first man since Etienne Daille (FRA) in 2012 to win successive K1M World Cup races.
De Gennaro became the first Italian to win a K1M World Cup event since Daniele Molmenti (ITA) won in La Seu d'Urgell in 2010.
Peter Kauzer (SLO) was the last man to win the first K1M World Cup races of the season when he won Tacen and L'Argentière-la-Bessée in 2011.
Last week, Ricarda Funk (GER) won her first World Cup race in K1W since Augsburg 2014.
Funk can become the first woman to win in succession since Jana Dukatova (SVK) won in Prague and Bratislava in 2012.
Maialen Chourraut (ESP) was the last woman to win the first K1W World Cup events of a season in 2012 (Cardiff Bay and Pau).
Corinna Kuhnle (AUT) has won the last two World Cup standings in K1W. She is the only Austrian to have won any World Cup standings in canoe slalom.
She can become the fifth woman and the first since Dukatova between 2009 and 2011 to win the K1W standings three years in a row.
Kuhnle has won three K1W World Cup races: in Kananaskis in 2009, in Penrith in 2010 and in La Seu d'Urgell in 2015.
She finished third last week in Ivrea.