Following an Olympic intermission, action now resumes for the 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup. The fourth of five stages in the circuit takes place September 2-4 at the whitewater channel fed by the Vltava River in Prague.
For Jiri Prskavec, the race marks a Czech Republic homecoming after his bronze medal finish in men’s K-1 at his Olympic debut in Rio. Prskavec will be looking to provide an encore performance, and add to his medal count with a repeat of last year’s win on his home nation’s whitewater course. If he is able to do so, he will join the ranks of Fabien Lefevre and fellow countryman Vavrinec Hradilek as the only K-1 men to accomplish multiple wins in Prague.
While Prskavec has the opportunity to win on his home turf, extensive time away from the earlier stages in order to prepare for the Olympics will leave him out of contention for the overall world cup win. This however is not the case for women’s K-1 bronze medalist Jessica Fox of Australia. Fox does not currently lead the standings in either of her events – the women’s K-1 and C-1 – however she does remain within striking distance of a top 2016 series finish in both categories. In the women’s K-1, Fox is currently second – behind German Ricarda Funk who missed out on Olympic qualification yet continues to impress in this year’s ICF series. The same holds true in the women’s C-1 where Fox is fourth, 42 points behind the leader Mallory Franklin of Great Britain.
The complete US Olympic team also heads for the starting line in Prague, where American C-1 Casey Eichfeld looks to keep the momentum of a 7th place Olympic finish rolling, while K-1 Michal Smolen, who was disappointed to miss out on the Olympic final, hopes to move forward with a strong close to the season with two high-profile races remaining.
Tune in for the finals (All times listed are EST)
6:30-8:00a — C1M, C1W, K1M
9:00-10:20a — Slalom Cross K1M,K1W
6:00-7:00a — K1W, C2M