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Canoeing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
Events: 16

Participants: 440 (334 men and 105 women) from 46 countries
Youngest Participant: BRA Marlon Grings (16 years, 18 days)
Oldest Participant: NZL Ian Ferguson (40 years, 16 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): HUN Rita Kőbán (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (11 medals)


The biggest change in 1992 Olympic canoeing was that whitewater slalom canoeing was returned to the Olympic Program. It had been contested at the 1972 München Olympics, and has been on the Olympic Program since 1992. The flatwater program in 1992 was the same as in 1984-88, with nine men’s events (five kayak, four Canadian canoe) and three women’s kayak events. The overall canoeing program in 1992 would become a standard, and would remain the same through 2008, although some changes were made in 2012.

The whitewater events were held at the Parc Olímpic del Segre in La Seu d'Urgell, a town in the Catalan Pyrenees north of Barcelona. Although La Seu d’Urgell is located at the confluence of the Segre and the Valira rivers, the Parc Olímpic del Segre was built in 1990 specifically for the Barcelona Olympics. This was as in 1972 at München, and the cost of constructing an artificial whitewater facility put whitewater canoeing at risk for being removed from the Olympic program in the future. But the 1992 course was not fully artificial, but pumps were added to circulate the water in Seu d’Urgell.

The flatwater events were contested in 1992 at the Canal Olímpic de Catalunya, in Castelldefels, a town 20 km southwest of Barcelona. The facility was constructed in 1991 for the Barcelona Olympics. Rowing was contested at another venue in 1992, as in 1952 and 1964.