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Five medals for European slalomists at the 2017 Oceania Championships
31.1.2017

Five medals for European slalomists at the 2017 Oceania Championships

The international canoe slalom season 2017 kicked off in New Zealand. Many European paddlers who are now in the Southern Hemisphere for their winter training camps took an opportunity and competed in the first major international canoe slalom event of the year 2017 – Oceania Championships, which was organised in Auckland.

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ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cups in France postponed until 2018
28.1.2017

ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cups in France postponed until 2018

The organisers of the first races in the 2017 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup series were forced to cancel the 2017 events in France due to the lack of water. Hardly any rain fell in Brittany since September which means the courses which were supposed to host around 180 young canoe slalom athletes do not offer good conditions for the organisation of the first ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup events this year.

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Ljubomir Spasikj paddler of the year in MKD
27.1.2017

Ljubomir Spasikj paddler of the year in MKD

Canoe Federation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Committee for canoe slalom selected the best athletes and clubs in the season 2016. Ljubomir Spasikj received an award for the best paddler of the year in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the previous season. Member of the canoeing club Gemidžii Veles used to compete both in canoe slalom as well as in wildwater canoeing but focused more on the wildwater canoeing recently. This did not come as a surprise since Skopje (MKD) will host the 2017 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in May and Spasikj wishes to perform well in front of a home crowd.

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Injury forced Jure Meglič to quit professional canoeing

After the Olympic season 2016 many competitors announced retirement, including numerous medallists from the Olympic Games, European and World Championships. Health problems forced canoe slalom athlete Jure Meglič to call it quits. Slovenian-born paddler had the most success as the member of Slovenian national team. Since 2014 he competed for Azerbaijan.

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Daniele Molmenti retires, but remains in canoeing

One of the legends of canoe slalom – Italian Daniele Molmenti – decided to say goodbye to the competitive sport. 32-year-old Molmenti is one of the few canoe slalom paddlers in the history who won an individual gold medal at every major canoeing event – Olympic Games, European Championships and World Championships. He is, however, the only one who managed to achieve the titles in mens kayak, the others who also won the Olympic, World and European Champion titles are Štěpánka Hilgertová, Elena Kaliská (both K1W), Michal Martikán, Tony Estanguet (both C1M) and Pavol Hochschorner/Peter Hochschorner (C2M).

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