Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: August 17, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Participants: 328 (234 men and 94 women) from 51 countries
Youngest Participant: Khristos Tsakmakis (16 years, 347 days)
Oldest Participant: Birgit Fischer-Schmidt (42 years, 181 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 11 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): Germany (9 medals)
The Olympic canoeing program was standardized in 1992, with the same events contested for men and women from 1992-2008. There were nine men’s flatwater events (five kayak, four Canadian canoe), three women’s flatwater kayak events, three men’s whitewater events (one kayak, two Canadian canoe), and a women’s whitewater kayak singles.
The 2004 flatwater events were held at the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre. This was constructed in Schinias National Park, just north of the town of Marathon, and was the northernmost venue of the 2004 Olympic Games, save for some of the football matches. The centre was built specifically for the 2004 Olympics, but was not actually completed until early in 2004. The whitewater competition took place at the Olympic Canoe/Kayak Centre in the Helleniko Olympic Complex. This was constructed specifically for the 2004 Olympics and is the only Olympic whitewater venue which consisted of saltwater.