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Kayakers practice at the OKC Riversport complex during an on-site visit by participants of the TEAMS Conference on October 26, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jared Wickerham)

LA28 Canoe Slalom Event May Move to Oklahoma City

The International Canoe Federation said during its 2022 Congress in Thailand recently that the canoe slalom competition for the 2028 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles could be moved out of the state and hinted that it would be relocated to the Riversport Rapids whitewater center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As first noted by The […]

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Discussing the value of Riversport OKC to the city of Oklahoma City is, from left: Olympic Hopeful Augustus Cook, Beth Spilman of the American Canoe Association, Reilly Dampeer of the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center; Mike Knopp, executive director of Riversport; and moderator Jason Gewirtz of SportsTravel Magazine. Photo by Jared Wickerham

TEAMS ’22: Riversport OKC Showcases Value of Unique Venues to Destinations

The revitalization of the Oklahoma River is a case study in how a destination can rethink its entire sports landscape with creative thinking and community goodwill. And thanks to Riversport OKC, Oklahoma City became the center of rowing and canoe/kayak, showcasing how a citywide vision can help put a destination on the Olympic and Paralympic […]

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Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama, hosted the 2021 IPL North American Championship, and then parlayed that into hosting two more major events in the next two years. Photo by DVXT Images

U.S. Cities Host Big Events After Russian Ban

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year caused a ripple effect around the world from a political and humanitarian standpoint. The world watched as the Ukrainian people have fought to protect their homeland and nations around the globe condemned Russia for its aggression. When it came to the sports landscape, organizations moved quickly to ban Russian […]

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Montgomery Whitewater, a new multi-use complex in the Alabama destination, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2023. Rendering courtesy Montgomery Whitewater.

New Whitewater Center Heading to Montgomery

A long time ago, Megan McKenzie was sent some videos by her sister-in-law after a visit to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, planting an idea that she could never truly stop thinking about. “There was something so cool about the energy and that it was a man-made facility,” she said. “You don’t have […]

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Oklahoma City to Host International Canoe Federation SUP and Super Cup events

The International Canoe Federation has moved the 2022 Canoe Sprint Super Cup and the 2022 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Cup to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with the events scheduled for August with the exact dates to be announced later this spring. Both events were previously awarded to Moscow. The move to Oklahoma City and Riversport comes […]

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