Duisburg, Germany, an industrial city at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, will play host to the first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup of the 2016 season, May 20-22. As the first of three world cups this year, athletes will be looking to see where they measure up against their international competition heading toward the 2016 Summer Olympics. Especially under close watch will be the performances of 2012 Olympic medalists and last year’s world champions.

One such athlete will be women’s kayaker Lisa Carrington. The 26-year-old from New Zealand has proved to be one of the most dominant figures in flatwater racing over the past five years. Carrington is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 200 meter kayak event, as well as the four-time consecutive world champion in this same category. But Carrington’s success hasn’t stopped at the 200 meter. She is also the 2015 world champion in the women’s K-1 500 meter, and has her sights set on dual gold medals at the summer games in Rio.

US women’s canoeist Lydia Keefe Sampson will be the sole American representative in the Duisburg event. Sampson, 19, of Seattle, Washington finished 9th in the junior women’s C-1 500 meter at the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior & U23 World Championships. With the hopes of women’s canoe being added to the Olympic program in 2020, Sampson will be taking part in the ICF’s Talent Identification Program later this season. While Sampson travels to Germany, the rest of her teammates remain home on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia battling for Olympic berths at the Pan-American Championship. Along with the US, many other North and South American paddlers will be present in Georgia attempting to secure a place in the 2016 Summer Games.

One of the top North American sprint racers in attendance at Duisburg, will be Canadian men’s kayaker Mark de Jonge. De Jonge is the 2015 and 2014 world champion and the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s K-1 200 meter. As a top medal contender for the games, the Duisburg world cup will present the Canadian powerhouse an opportunity to set the pace as the action propels toward Rio.

Watch the action live May 20-22

Tune in for the finals:*

Saturday May 21
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 May 22
4:39a K1 women 500m
4:45a K1 men 200m
4:50a C1 men 200m
5:03a C2 men 1000m
5:10a K4 men 1000m
5:25a K1 men 500m
5:39a C1 men 500m
5:53a K4 women 500m
8:30a C2 women 500m
8:40a C4 men 200m
8:45a K4 women 200m
8:50a K4 men 200m
10:00a K1 men 5000m
10:30a C1 men 5000m
11:10a K1 women 5000m

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

Complete schedule

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