London 2012


from July 27 to August 12




About the sport

Its history is almost three thousand years old, with the creation of kayaks by the Eskimos that lived in the territory that is now known as Canada. The other variables are the canoes that were used around the world, with ancient originals. The first appearance of Rowing in the Olympic Games was in Berlin 1936.

Currently, there are two forms of Olympic rowing: speed and slalom. The latter takes place in rivers and tranquil lakes, while the lather takes place in rivers with currents. The Olympic distances are 1000m, 500m and 200m (the last one debuting in London 2012), which usually take place in courses with nine lanes.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Pavol e Peter HochschornerPavol e Peter HochschornerCountry:Slovakia

The twins boast no fewer than six gold medals in World Championships and eight in Europe. They should help Slovakia to increase their medals table in London 2012.

Michal MartikánMichal MartikánCountry: Slovakia

At 32, Martikán has already won two gold medals (1996 and 2008) and two silvers (2000 and 2004) at the Olympics and he believes he can win again.

Michal MartikánMichal MartikánCountry: Slovakia

After winning gold in Atlanta 1996, he was overcome in Athens and Sydney, having to settle for two silvers. In Beijing, he was once again named champion.

Elena KaliskáElena KaliskáCountry: Slovakia

Elena Kaliska participated in the last four Olympic Games. She is a two-time champion in the event, winning gold in Athens and Beijing.

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