Host City: MontrÃ©al, Canada
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Participants: 245 (206 men and 39 women) from 28 countries
Youngest Participant: Sue Whitebrook (16 years, 178 days)
Oldest Participant: Mak Chi Wai (39 years, 183 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): RÃ¼diger Helm (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): Soviet Union (9 medals)
Slalom canoeing had been held at the 1972 Olympics, but was removed from the Olympic Program in 1976 and would not return until 1992. The MontrÃ©al Organizing Committee decided not to include the discipline because they âsaw no opportunity to build a course,â and after apperals from the FIC and the Organizing Committee, this was approved by the IOC Executive Board.
The flatwater canoe events for women in 1976 were the same, with kayak singles and doubles over 500 metres. But the menâs flatwater program was expanded from five to nine events, with singles and doubles now contested over both 500 and 1,000 metres, in addition to a kayak fours over 1,000 metres. This would remain the standard menâs Olympic flatwater canoeing program through 2008. These events were added after the slalom events were not included.
The 1976 canoeing (and rowing) events were held at the Bassin Olympique off lâÃle Notre Dame, and artificial island in the Saint Lawrence River in MontrÃ©al. Ãle Notre Dame is an artificial island created in 1965 for Expo 67, which celebrated Canadaâs centennial. In 1975 the Expo 67 pavilions were demolished to allow creation of the Olympic basin.
|Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres||Vasile DÃ®ba||ZoltÃ¡n Sztanity||RÃ¼diger Helm|
|Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres||RÃ¼diger Helm||GÃ©za CsapÃ³||Vasile DÃ®ba|
|Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres||East Germany||Soviet Union||Romania|
|Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres||Soviet Union||East Germany||Hungary|
|Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres||Soviet Union||Spain||East Germany|
|Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres||Aleksandr Rogov||John Wood||Matija Ljubek|
|Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres||Matija Ljubek||Vasyl Yurchenko||TamÃ¡s Wichmann|
|Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres||Soviet Union||Poland||Hungary|
|Men's Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres||Soviet Union||Romania||Hungary|
|Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres||Carola Zirzow||Tatyana Korshunova||KlÃ¡ra Rajnai|
|Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres||Soviet Union||Hungary||East Germany|