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Paddle to Race and Compete
Marie Delattre and Anne Laure Viard of France compete in the K-2 Flatwater Race during the 2004 Athens Olympics.
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Although not for everyone, the popularity of racing canoes and kayaks has grown immensely over the last decade. The recent rise in the recreational canoe and kayak participation has triggered a similar response toward racing and competing in what is known as the sport of canoe/kayak. The different types of competitions fall under what is known as flatwater canoe/kayak, slalom or whitewater canoe/kayak, and freestyle canoe/kayak.