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David Florence

Full name: David Florence
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: August 8, 1982 in Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, Great Britain
Affiliations: Forth CC, Edinburgh (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

David Florence followed his father, a former Scottish champion, into canoeing and took part in his first competition at the age of 15. He grew up on the same Edinburgh street as [Chris Hoy] and attended Stewart’s Melville College before studying Mathematical Physics at the University of Nottingham. Florence made his World Championship début in 2005 and was runner-up in the season long World Cup series two years later. A two-second penalty that Florence incurred on the first run of the Olympic final was the difference between first and second place and meant that he would have to settle for silver and not gold. He was World Cup champion in 2009 but did not win a World Championship medal until 2011, after adding Canadian doubles to his usual singles campaign, he was a member of the British team that won a bronze medal in the C-2 team event, and with [Richard Hounslow], he won a silver medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the C-2 event, and in competing in Rio Florence became the first British slalom canoeist to appear in three successive Games. At the 2013 World Championships in Praha, he became the first man for 60 years to win C-1 and C-2 titles in the same year and also the first Briton to win both titles. He retained his C-1 title on his home course at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in 2015. Florence is an avid bagpipe player and is an all-round sportsman, playing tennis and golf, and he also enjoys skiing. He also learnt Mandarin Chinese before the Beijing Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom Great Britain GBR 10
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, Slalom Great Britain-2 GBR 2 Silver
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom Great Britain GBR 10
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, Slalom Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TT T PS
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Final Round 2 178.61
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Final Round Run One 4 90.46 1:28.46 2
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Final Round Run Two 2 88.15 1:28.15 0
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Semi-Finals 4 Q 90.46 1:28.46 2
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying 3 Q 171.63
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying Run One 7 89.47 1:29.47 0
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying Run Two 1 82.16 1:22.16 0
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain Semi-Finals 10 106.16 1:44.16 2
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying 5 Q 93.04
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying Run One 13 101.60 1:37.60 4
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying Run Two 4 93.04 1:33.04 0
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain Final Round 10 109.00 105.00 4
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain Semi-Finals 7 Q 99.36 99.36 0
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying 3 Q 94.11
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain Qualifying Run One 1 94.11 94.11 0

Men's Canadian Doubles, Slalom

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain-2 GBR Richard Hounslow Final Round 2012-08-02
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain-2 GBR Richard Hounslow Semi-Finals 2012-08-02
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain-2 GBR Richard Hounslow Qualifying 2012-08-02
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain-2 GBR Richard Hounslow Qualifying Run One 2012-08-02
2012 Summer 29 London Canoeing Great Britain-2 GBR Richard Hounslow Qualifying Run Two 2012-08-02
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain GBR Richard Hounslow Final Round 2016-08-11
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain GBR Richard Hounslow Semi-Finals 2016-08-11
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain GBR Richard Hounslow Qualifying 2016-08-08
2016 Summer 33 Rio de Janeiro Canoeing Great Britain GBR Richard Hounslow Qualifying Run One 2016-08-08
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