Even though a bit far, there is talk about the Olympics Games, to be held in London, starting on 27 July and end on August 12. Several athletes are already preparing to take several gold medals home. Being one of the sports in the Olympics since 1924, Canoeing is a radical sport that has changed with the time and in the 70s appeared the Slalom Canoeing mode. In the Olympic Games, the course is 250 to 400 meters long, where the athlete during the course must pass the minimum 18 gates, suspended by cables. Let’s know more about this extreme sport.
How is the Competition?
All competitors must navigate in kayaks or canoes specific mode and gender (male or female). There are placed several bars that form the “Portals” that are suspended in water. The athlete can not touch the portals, if it occurs, is awarded penalties in the case of this kind, adds up to more than one time developed by participant. When the contest is done with the kayak, K1 serves for men and women; used by only one person, as the canoe C1 mode is used by men, and only one rower mode C2 is also only for men, and can compete with two people in one vessel. This canoe is for racing in teams, 3 where canoes can go down together the riverbed.
Difference : Kayaks and Canoes
The kayaks have greater stability and support of weight, it is ideal for beginners. The hull is in general more rounded down to specific agitated rivers . Even with a longer length, because it has a keel moderate is very easy to maneuver it, has stability, agility and speed for both rivers as the sea. As the canoe, it should have at least 3.50 meters and 4.00 meters at most, the oars have a double blade that makes it easy to paddle on both sides without reversing the rowing and the seat. The canoe has a keel line, is a vessel speed for skilled rower, because it has instability, the hull has a pyramidal shape inverted must have a maximum of 4.00 meters, rowing Simple blade (paddle to paddle on one side of rowing) rest of the knee. The person who practices should canoeing always with the protective materials that is the vest to save lives and helmet, even a good swimmer.
The Sport and Nature
Performing any type of radical sport requires a close interaction with nature, and this is very good because the athletes are important images to people, and through them many people become more aware about the importance and preservation of Nature. Water sports are very important and ancient. Knowing them causes more people to practice it.