| Event type

Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men

Date13 – 15 August 2008
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi
Participants24 from 12 countries

Twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia had won the C-2 slalom at the last two editions of the Olympics and were the reigning European and World Champions, all of which made them strong favorites to defend their title once again at the 2008 Games. They were the top-ranked duo in the qualifiers, but were bested by Germany’s Felix Michel and Sebastian Piersig in the semi-final, which was new round in Beijing wherein the ten qualifiers were whittled down to six after one run. The Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Volf and Ondřej Štěpánek who were, among other titles, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalists and the 2004 and 2005 European and 2006 World Champions, came in third. This order remained the same after the first run of the final, but changed after a disastrous run in the second portion left the Germans not only last in that round, but last overall. The Slovakians and the Czechs were again second and third, which allowed them to claim gold and silver respectively, even though they were defeated in the second run by Cédric Forgit and Martin Braud of France. Forgit and Braud were the 2006 European champions, but their fifth-place ranking after the first round prevented them from climbing higher than fourth overall after the second run. Thus Russia’s Mikhail Kuznetsov and Dmitry Larionov, who had been fourth in both portions, took bronze. The Hochschorner brothers’ victory made them the first duo or team to win three consecutive gold medals with the same lineup. In 2012 two other teams with the same lineup won their third medal in the same event” Americans Venus and Serena Williams in tennis doubles (2000, 2008, 2012) and Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in beach volleyball (2004, 2008, and 2012).

11Pavol Hochschorner / Peter HochschornerSVKGold
22Jaroslav Volf / Ondřej ŠtěpánekCZESilver
39Mikhail Kuznetsov / Dmitry LarionovRUSBronze
43Cédric Forgit / Martin BraudFRA
54Andrea Benetti / Erik MasoeroITA
65Felix Michel / Sebastian PiersigGER
78Mark Bellofiore / Lachie MilneAUS
87Paweł Sarna / Marcin PochwałaPOL
911Masatoshi Sanma / Hiroyuki NagaoJPN
106Hu Minghai / Shu JunrongCHN
1110Rick Powell / Casey EichfeldUSA
1212Cyprian Ngidi / Cameron McIntoshRSA

Qualifying (13 August 2008)

Two runs. Total points determined placement. Top 10 advanced to semi-finals.

Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdBoatNOCTotalRun OneRun Two
112Pavol Hochschorner / Peter HochschornerSVK186.7393.69 (1)93.04 (2)Q
210Cédric Forgit / Martin BraudFRA188.5696.17 (4)92.39 (1)Q
37Hu Minghai / Shu JunrongCHN190.6497.30 (5)93.34 (3)Q
411Jaroslav Volf / Ondřej ŠtěpánekCZE190.9493.78 (2)97.16 (5)Q
58Felix Michel / Sebastian PiersigGER192.3796.04 (3)96.33 (4)Q
64Mikhail Kuznetsov / Dmitry LarionovRUS196.0898.43 (7)97.65 (6)Q
76Paweł Sarna / Marcin PochwałaPOL198.7598.38 (6)100.37 (8)Q
89Andrea Benetti / Erik MasoeroITA202.28100.08 (9)102.20 (9)Q
95Mark Bellofiore / Lachie MilneAUS202.82104.61 (11)98.21 (7)Q
102Masatoshi Sanma / Hiroyuki NagaoJPN212.5699.47 (8)113.09 (10)Q
113Rick Powell / Casey EichfeldUSA253.34101.69 (10)151.65 (11)
121Cyprian Ngidi / Cameron McIntoshRSA277.20119.83 (12)157.37 (12)

Semi-Finals (14 August 2008 — 15:00)

One run. Top six advanced to final.

Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
16Felix Michel / Sebastian PiersigGER94.381:34.380Q
210Pavol Hochschorner / Peter HochschornerSVK94.881:32.882Q
37Jaroslav Volf / Ondřej ŠtěpánekCZE95.331:35.330Q
45Mikhail Kuznetsov / Dmitry LarionovRUS98.571:38.570Q
59Cédric Forgit / Martin BraudFRA102.761:38.764Q
63Andrea Benetti / Erik MasoeroITA103.641:41.642Q
72Mark Bellofiore / Lachie MilneAUS104.171:38.176
84Paweł Sarna / Marcin PochwałaPOL105.321:45.320
91Masatoshi Sanma / Hiroyuki NagaoJPN110.101:44.106
108Hu Minghai / Shu JunrongCHN164.081:52.0852

Final Round (15 August 2008 — 16:12)

Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdBoatNOCTotalRun OneRun Two
15Pavol Hochschorner / Peter HochschornerSVK190.8294.88 (2)95.94 (2)
24Jaroslav Volf / Ondřej ŠtěpánekCZE192.8995.33 (3)97.56 (3)
33Mikhail Kuznetsov / Dmitry LarionovRUS197.3798.57 (4)98.80 (4)
42Cédric Forgit / Martin BraudFRA198.19102.76 (5)95.43 (1)
51Andrea Benetti / Erik MasoeroITA204.12103.64 (6)100.48 (5)
66Felix Michel / Sebastian PiersigGER204.4394.38 (1)110.05 (6)