Canadian kayaker Van Koeverden named Canada's flag bearer

Wednesday, 23 July 2008
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Adam van Koeverden I was very excited to read in the papers this morning that Adam van Koeverden, the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 500-metre kayak singles, was chosen Wednesday as Canada's flag bearer for the Beijing Olympics...

Adam van Koeverden I was very excited to read in the papers this morning that Adam van Koeverden, the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 500-metre kayak singles, was chosen Wednesday as Canada's flag bearer for the Beijing Olympics.

He won gold in K-1 500 and bronze in the K-1 1000 in Athens.

Some people are worried though about the Canadian flag-bearer's "curse" that seemed to be around in the early 1990's. Decathlete Michael Smith (1992 Barcelona) was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury, and figure skater Kurt Browning (1994 Lillehammer) finished a disappointing fifth. Charmaine Crooks (1996 Atlanta) ran to a disappointing 18th-place showing in the 800 metres, and moguls skier Jean-Luc Broussard (1998 Nagano) ended up fourth.

Lets hope that the curse has finally been broken!

For those interested, canoe and kayak flatwater events begin Aug. 18.

More info: cbc.ca


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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