Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Ocoee Whitewater Center, Polk County, Tennessee
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996
Format: Two runs, best score of two to count.
Both the 1992 Olympic runners-up, [Miroslav Å imek] and [JiÅÃ Rohan] of the Czech Republic, and bronze medalists, [Franck Adisson] and [Wilfrid Forgues], returned to the Olympics in 1996 in the hopes of improving upon their previous performance. Å imek and Rohan were also the 1993 World Champions, while Adisson and Forgues had been third in 1993 and runners-up in 1995. Swiss brothers [Peter] and [Ueli Matti] were the reigning European champions, while Polandâs [Krzysztof KoÅomaÅski] and [MichaÅ Staniszewski] were the most recent World Champions.
KoÅomaÅski and Staniszewski performed the best of these pairs in the first run, finishing in fourth place, while the Matti brothers were eighth, Adisson and Forgues were tenth, and Å imek and Rohan were 14th. The top three spots went to [AndrÃ© Ehrenberg] and [Michael Senft] of Germany, twin brothers [Petr] and [Pavel Å tercl] of the Czech Republic, and [Emmanuel Del Rey] and [Thierry SaÃ¯di] of France. Of all of these teams, only the Å tercl brothers failed to post a better mark in the second round, with the most dramatic increase being that of Å imek and Rohan, who went from 14th to a silver medal; only Adisson and Forgues bettered their score. Ehrenberg and Senft, meanwhile, improved enough to stave off Del Rey and SaÃ¯diâs challenge and remain on the podium with bronze.