The Best Canoe
In The World


In total, 10 events were contested at the Deep Creek 2014 ICF canoe slalom world championships, with nine of those events counting for medals. Before we get into what those events were and how they worked, it is important to point out that one of the events did not count toward the earning of a medal due to the fact that there is a requirement for at least six federations to participate in a given race for it to count as a medal event, and that one event simply did not reach that requirement. This led to 27 medals being awarded during Deep Creek 2014, rather than the previously scheduled 30.

As for the events themselves, there are two different classifications of vessel that athletes can travel in, canoes and kayaks. For the purposes of this competition, events are broken up into events coded with a K or a C, to signify which of those boats are being used for which race. From there races are either designated with K1 or K2 (or C1 or C2 for canoe races) to signify if there are one or two competitors in each boat.

So, to recap, there are men's and women's C1 races, where a one-person canoe is racing to be the fastest competitor. There is also the C1 team events for men and women, where multiple one-person canoes make up a team which tries to earn the best score. There are then the same races for C2 events, where either one two-person canoe or multiple two-person canoes are raced to determine the best in the world at those events. Then, the same is done on the kayaking side of the equation with K1 and K2 races. At the end of the day, there were a total of 10 races contested, with nine of those 10 races counting for medals.

Perhaps the most high-profile event at the ICF canoe slalom world championships is the C1 individual race, as it is simply a race to determine who is the best solo canoe slalom rider in the world. In the Deep Creek 2014 competition, that honor went to someone representing the host nation, as Fabian Lefevre of the United States managed to surprise many when he took down his gold medal at the age of 32. It was the only medal for the United States in the competition and happened to be in the most high-profile event available, creating an interesting case of quality over quantity for the Americans.