Canoe/Kayak slalom (or as it was previously known “whitewater canoeing”) is another of my personal favourite Summer Olympic sports. It is rarely on Canadian TV outside of the Olympics (although Sportsnet did show the World Championships last year). Two canoeists (or kayakers) race down a whitewater course consisting of up-river and down-river gates. It is a bit like snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom.
The face of canoe slalom in Canada for the past 15 years was David Ford. He won a World Championship in 1999. He followed that with a silver at the Worlds in 2003. He also competed in 5 Olympics (Beijing, Athens, Sydney, Atlanta and Barcelona). At 45 years of age he attempted to qualify for his fifth, but failed. He was beaten in the Canadian trials in March by Michael Tayler. Ford is 25 years older than Tayler.
Tayler is Canada’s lone competitor in this sport. He is competing in the men’s single kayak event. He isn’t considered a medal threat.
While Ford isn’t competing in London, he is there as an analyst for CTV. Vic Rauter will join him in the broadcast booth doing play-by-play. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.
Sunday 7/29, 9:30am-1:40pm – Men’s C1 & K1 Heats – OLN
Monday 7/30, 1:40-5:30pm – Men’s C2 & Women’s K1 Heats – OLN
Tuesday 7/31, 9:30-11:30am – Men’s C1 Final – TSN
Wednesday 8/1, 8:30-10:15am – Men’s K1 Semifinals – SN
Wednesday 8/1, 11:15am-12:10pm – Men’s K1 Final – OLN
Thursday 8/2, 9:30am-1:00pm – Men’s C2 & Women’s K1 Finals – TSN