The third of five world cup races takes place June 17 – 18, at the French home-field in Pau. Following this race the world cup will take a bit of a breather for the Olympics until resuming in September. This weekend in Pau promises to be action packed, as Olympians, such as Australia’s Jessica Fox, continue to prepare for Rio. While non-qualifiers for the games, such as Germany’s Ricarda Funk (who has stood on the podium at both world cups this season), continue to race for redemption, following tough losses in their nation’s Olympic selection.
15-year-old US women’s C-1 racer Sage Donnelly will be appearing in her second senior world cup race, following her debut last week in Spain. The junior freestyle world champ faces a bit of a learning curve up against the seasoned international slalom competition, as she was unable to progress beyond preliminary heats in La Seu d’Urgell. Donnelly did however collect a consolation, capturing a bronze medal in the slalom cross event.
Not leaving my first World Cup without a medal! Took third in boater cross against the big dogs! C1 went pretty well, had a rough first run, but a much better second with one touch just barley putting out of semis! I'm looking forward to Pau next weekend, thinking of smooth and fast lines! #teamusa #canoeslalom #t1d #teamtypeone #c1w #boatercross
Adding even more to the mix on top of the slalom and cross events will be a leg of the wildwater world cup. A preview to the dual world championship, in slalom and wildwater, which Pau will host in 2017.
Tune in for the finals*
Saturday June 18
6:30a – 8:00a C1M, C1W, K1M
Sunday June 9
6:00a – 7:00a — K1W, C2M
8:00a – 9:30a — Wildwater sprint finals
10:15a – 11:00a — Slalom cross finals
*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
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