Canoe Slalom at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Dates 17 – 20 August 2004
Medal Events 4

The Olympic slalom canoe program was standardized in 1992, with no change in the men’s and women’s programs from 1992-2016. There were four slalom events, kayak and Canadian singles for men, men’s Canadian doubles, and women’s kayak singles. Tony Estanguet defended his title in Canadian slalom singles. He would finish ninth in 2008 but came back in 2012 to win a third gold medal in the event. France and Slovakia split the four gold medals in canoe slalom, each adding an additional medal, a silver for Slovakia and a bronze for France.

The whitewater competition took place at the Olympic Canoe/Kayak Centre in the Helleniko Olympic Complex. This was constructed specifically for the 2004 Olympics and, through 2020, is the only Olympic whitewater venue that consisted of saltwater.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men Olympic 19 – 20 August 2004 25 21
Canadian Singles, Slalom, Men Olympic 17 – 18 August 2004 16 14
Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men Olympic 19 – 20 August 2004 24 10
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Women Olympic 17 – 18 August 2004 19 16
84 (65/19) 22 (22/16)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men Benoît PeschierFRA Campbell WalshGBR Fabien LefèvreFRA
Canadian Singles, Slalom, Men Tony EstanguetFRA Michal MartikánSVK Stefan PfannmöllerGER
Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men SlovakiaSVK Germany 1GER Czech Republic 1CZE
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Women Elena KaliskáSVK Rebecca GiddensUSA Helen ReevesGBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Slovakia SVK 2 1 0 3
France FRA 2 0 1 3
Germany GER 0 1 1 2
Great Britain GBR 0 1 1 2
United States USA 0 1 0 1
Czech Republic CZE 0 0 1 1