Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008
Two former Olympic women’s K-1 slalom champions, [Štěpánka Hilgertová] of the Czech Republic (1996 and 2000) and [Elena Kaliská] (2004) returned to the Games in 2008 to vie for glory once more. Kaliská had been the 2005 European and 2006 World Champion, as well as the 2007 World runner-up, while Hilgertová was the 2008 European champion, the 2005 European runner-up, and the 2007 European and World bronze medalist. Germany’s [Jennifer Bongardt] was the 2007 World Champion , the 2006 European runner-up, and the 2006 World bronze medalist, while Austria’s [Violetta Oblinger-Peters] was the 2007 European champion.
Kaliská had the highest score in the qualification round, while Hilgertová and Bongardt were third and fourth respectively behind China’s [Li Jingjing]. Oblinger-Peters, meanwhile, was sixth. The Beijing Olympics introduced a one-round semi-final for the remaining 15 participants, which eliminated Li and Bongardt. Kaliská won this round as well, with Hilgertová third behind France’s [Emilie Fer], who was then relatively unknown, but who would go on to win the event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Oblinger-Peters, meanwhile, sank even further to seventh. These rankings were unchanged after the first run of the final, and Kaliská won the second run by a large margin and successfully defended her Olympic title. Oblinger-Peters, meanwhile, finally improved her position to third, which, due to Fer and Hilgertová finishing seventh and ninth respectively, was sufficient to earn her a bronze medal. Sandwiched in the middle was Australia’s [Jacqui Lawrence], who had been fourth after the first run, but was second in the final portion and collected enough points to capture the silver medal.
|8||Heather Corrie||37||United States||USA|
|9||Štěpánka Hilgertová||40||Czech Republic||CZE|
|10||Maria Cristina Giai Pron||33||Italy||ITA|
|14||Poliana de Paula||18||Brazil||BRA|
|17||Fiona Pennie||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|21||Luuka Jones||19||New Zealand||NZL|