The 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup concludes this weekend on the Sava River in Tacen, Slovenia, a suburb just outside the capital city of Ljubljana. The finale will not only complete the major international races of the 2016 season, it will also crown the world cup champions through points tallied in each of the five events. Though there are definite leaders of each class moving into this weekend’s race, their opponents are not far behind. The uncertainty and intensity of canoe slalom means the title of word cup champion is still up for grabs in every discipline of racing.

In the men’s K-1, Vit Prindis of the Czech Republic leads the field with a current point total of 164, consistently performing well through each of the world cup events. Prindis does not have much breathing room in the highly competitive kayak standings, and will have to post one more superb showing in order to hang on to the lead over his fellow athletes chasing the top poll position, including Jakub Grigar, the 4th place finisher at the 2016 Olympic games who also currently holds 4th in the world cup standings.

Ricarda Funk of Germany continues to put forth an extraordinary display in the 2016 world cup after missing the Olympic seat for her nation. Funk leads the remainder of the women’s K-1 by a 40-point-margin, which will be nearly impossible to equal and surpass. Funk’s gold medal at the fourth world cup — the first event since the tragic passing of German Coach Stefan Henze in an automobile accident at the Olympic Games in Rio — proved to be an emotional experience for the German paddler as she races toward the finish of her remarkable world cup season.

In women’s C-1, Mallory Franklin of Great Britain heads into the world cup final maintaining her lead, while fellow British paddler Kimberley Woods and Australian Jessica Fox continue to close the gap.

Alexander Slafkovsky, the 2012 world cup champion, paddles into Tacen with the opportunity to once again win the C-1 crown. Slafkovsky will be seeking to continue Slovakian canoe dominance, but will have to fend off the efforts of his nearest competitor, Nicolas Peschier, of France – Slovakia’s rival C-1 nation.

The French C-2 team of Pierre-Antoine Tillard and Edern Le Ruyet will have to hang on to a marginal lead for the overall world cup victory. Their closest competition, the German squad of David Schroeder and Nico Bettge, are within ten points of the French team.

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Watch the world cup final this weekend and witness which slalom athletes claim gold for the 2016 season.

Tune in for the Finals*

Saturday September 10
6:30a — C-1 Men
7:00a — C-1 Women
7:30a — K-1 Men
11:15a — Slalom Cross Final K-1 Women, K-1 Men

Sunday September 11
6:00a — K-1 Women
6:30a — C-2 Men

*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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