Canoe Slalom at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Dates 27 – 28 July 1996
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. The slalom gold medals were divided among four nations – Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Slovakia, with France, Germany, and Slovakia all winning three medals in canoe slalom.

The whitewater competition was at the Ocoee Whitewater Center near Ducktown, Tennessee, well north of Atlanta. The course was essentially a natural course built in the dry riverbed of the Upper Ocoee River, created by a dam diversion. That section of the river had been dry since 1942, after the construction of a downriver dam. The 1996 organizers were concerned about the expense of building an artificial whitewater course, as in München (1972) and Barcelona (1992), and hoped to begin the precedent of a natural whitewater course, although the 2000-16 Olympic courses were artificially constructed. The dry riverbed of the Upper Ocoee was flooded specifically for a period prior to the 1996 Olympics, to allow pre-Olympic competition and training and the Olympic events.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men Olympic 28 July 1996 44 28
Canadian Singles, Slalom, Men Olympic 27 July 1996 30 18
Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men Olympic 28 July 1996 30 10
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Women Olympic 27 July 1996 30 18
134 (104/30) 30 (29/18)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men Oliver FixGER Andraž VehovarSLO Thomas BeckerGER
Canadian Singles, Slalom, Men Michal MartikánSVK Lukáš PollertCZE Patrice EstanguetFRA
Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men France 1FRA Czech Republic 1CZE Germany 1GER
Kayak Singles, Slalom, Women Štěpánka HilgertováCZE Dana ChladekUSA Myriam FoxFRA

Medal table

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