The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials on March 28-30, 2014. Athletes will compete for a chance to represent the U.S. in the 2014 World Championships. 2014 is especially significant to the athletes as the Worlds will be held in the U.S. for the first time since 1989.
Practice sessions will be held Monday, March 24th through Thursday, March 27th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. each day. The race is scheduled for March 28 – 30. There will be two official runs per day, taking place at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. The team will be chosen based on the results from all three days of racing. Athletes will keep their four best runs out of six and must keep at least one run from each day.
Athletes will be racing in the following categories:
The Team Trials will conclude with an awards ceremony on Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m.
In Canoe Slalom, athletes must navigate their canoe or kayak through gates as they work their way through 300 meters of whitewater rapids in the fastest time possible. Hitting one of the hanging gates or missing one completely results in time penalties, which are added to the paddler’s time at the end of his/her run. A two-second penalty is given for a touched gate and a 50-second penalty if the gate is missed completely. There are approximately 18-24 hanging gates for each course. The gates are color-coded to indicate which direction the paddler must pass through. Green gates are negotiated heading downstream while red gates require the paddler to reverse direction and pass through them heading upstream.