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27 Nations head to Wausau, Wisconsin (USA) for Junior/U23 World Championships
In exactly a week from today, more than
300 of the world’s best young Canoe Slalom paddlers representing 27 nations
will be on the Wisconsin River in Wausau, Wisconsin (USA), competing at the
2012 ICF Junior/U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships.
The five day event from 10-15 July kicks off with the Athletes Parade at the
Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, 10 July at 6:30 p.m. at the 400 Block in downtown Wausau.
Jessica Fox will compete at both the World Championships and Olympic Games
Junior competitors coming to Wausau are between the ages of 15 and 18, and
many are still too young (although eligible) to compete at the 2012 London
Olympic Games. Jessica Fox is the exception as she will represent Australia
in the Women’s K1 event at both the Junior World Championships Olympic
For many of the other junior competitors, medaling at the 2012 ICF Junior
World Championships will likely put them on the fast track to the following
Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
Team USA’s Caroline Queen and Casey Eichfeld will also fly to London
immediately after the conclusion of the U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships
to represent the US in the Women’s K1 and Men’s C1 events respectively. The
U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships are for paddlers aged 19-23.
USA Today names Whitewater Park in America’s top 10 urban whitewater
All races for both age groups are held at Whitewater Park on the Wisconsin
River’s 250 meter whitewater course that runs through downtown Wausau.
Whitewater Park and Wausau have been recognized as one of America’s top 10
urban whitewater paddling sites by USA Today Travel.
Whitewater slalom requires paddlers to go through a series of gates
suspended over the rapids as fast as they can to the finish line. The
shortest elapsed time from start to finish with the fewest penalties
assessed for touching a gate wins. Some gates require the competitors to go
downstream; others require that the paddler come back upstream through the
Unlike other international whitewater courses that can potentially face low
water levels during dry periods, there’s always plenty of water available in
Wausau from the Wisconsin River reservoirs.
Over 10,000 spectators expected to watch Championships at the venue
Wausau has hosted many international canoe competitions and several other
world championship whitewater races, including one other Junior World
Championship in 1994.
Admission is free and organizers expect more than 10,000 spectators to be at
the venue to watch the action which begins Wednesday with the heats, and
ends Sunday afternoon with the finals. Races begin at 9 a.m. each day and
conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.
The ICF Junior/U23 Canoe/Slalom World Championships are presented by the
International Canoe Federation (ICF), the USA Canoe/Kayak (USACK) and the
Wausau Kayak/Canoe Corporation. Major sponsors include Charter, the BA and
Esther Greenheck Foundation, The Judd S. Alexander Foundation and The Dudley
For more information on the 2012 ICF Junior/U23 Canoe Slalom World
Championships visit: <http://www.2012wausau.com/>