Canadian men’s kayaker, Adam van Koeverden, has been a staple and dominant figure of the past three Olympics. Not only appearing, but medaling in each: silver at London in the men’s K-1 1000 meter; silver at Beijing in the men’s K-1 500 meter; and gold in Athens for the men’s K-1 500 meter, as well as a bronze in the 1000. Now, as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro approach, 34-year-old, van Koeverden is determined to add more hardware to an already heavy collection, but first Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal awaits.

Qualifying for this year’s Olympics has proven to be a down to the wire process for the Canadian sprinter.

Last season, in an effort to spice things up, the veteran shifted his focus to the men’s K-4, hoping to qualify for this year’s Olympics with a different vantage point.

"I'm a firm believer that if you do what you've always done you'll continue to get what you've always got," van Koeverden said last year, in an interview with Postmedia. "And that wasn't enough for me.”

The opportunity for Canada’s K-4 to qualify would be the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship, in Milan. Ultimately they would fall short, leaving van Koeverden with no margin for error. He would have one chance left to qualify for his fourth consecutive Summer Games: by winning the men’s K-1 1000 meter at the Pan-American Championships in Gainesville, Georgia this past May.

Taking care of business on Lake Lanier, van Koeverden has now moved on to the international circuit.

Last week in Racice, the Canadian took bronze in the men’s K-1 500 meter and placed fifth in the 1000 meter — declaring to the field that he will once again be a dominant force as Rio approaches.

This weekend, June 3-5, van Koeverden and his competition are drawn to Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal. The final stage of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup, and the last ICF senior sprint event prior to the 2016 Olympics.

Tune in for the finals:*

Saturday June 4
6:32a K1 women 1000m
6:39a C1 men 1000m
6:46a K1 men 1000m
7:00a K2 men 200m
7:05a K1 women 200m
7:10a C1 women 200m
7:22a K2 women 500m
7:35a K2 men 1000m
7:49a C2 men 200m
7:54a K2 women 200m

Sunday June 5
5:39a K1 women 500m
5:45a K1 men 200m
5:50a C1 men 200m
6:03a C2 men 1000m
7:03a C2 men 1000m
7:10a K4 men 1000m
7:25a K1 men 500m
7:39a C1 men 500m
7:53a K4 women 500m
9:30a C2 women 500m
9:36a K2 men 500m
9:45a K4 women 200m
9:50a K4 men 200m
11:00a K1 men 5000m
11:30a C1 men 5000m
12:10p K1 women 5000m

*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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