The Eiskanal is an artificial canal
Artificial whitewater
An artificial whitewater course is a site for whitewater canoeing, whitewater kayaking, whitewater racing, whitewater rafting, playboating and slalom canoeing with artificially generated rapids.-Flow diversion:...

 feature in the city of Augsburg
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, Germany
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 that was constructed as the canoe slalom
Canoeing at the 1972 Summer Olympics
At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, seven events in sprint canoe racing were contested, and for the first time at the Olympic Games, four events in slalom canoeing were also contested.-Slalom:-Men's events:-Women's events:-Medal table:...

 venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics
1972 Summer Olympics
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 that were hosted in Munich
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The first artificial whitewater course of its kind, it has served as a prototype for numerous artificial courses since constructed, such as the Parc Olímpic del Segre
Parc Olímpic del Segre
Parc Olímpic del Segre is a canoeing and kayaking facility in La Seu d'Urgell, Catalonia, Spain, built in 1990 for use during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona....

 course in La Seu d'Urgell
La Seu d'Urgell
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, Spain
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, built for the 1992 Olympic Games
1992 Summer Olympics
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 in Barcelona
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; the Dickerson Whitewater Course
Dickerson Whitewater Course
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, a U.S. training facility for the 1992 Olympic Games; the Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
The Penrith Whitewater Stadium is located near Sydney, Australia. It is an artificial whitewater sporting facility which hosted the canoe/kayak slalom events at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. The facility is part of the Penrith Lakes Scheme, which is converting open-pit sand and gravel mines...

 in Sydney
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, Australia
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, built for the 2000 Olympic Games
2000 Summer Olympics
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; in Prague
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, The Czech Republic; in Bratislava
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, Slovakia
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; in Athens
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, Greece
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, built for the 2004 Olympic Games; and most recently in Charlotte
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, North Carolina
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It hosted the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
The ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are an international event in canoeing organized by the International Canoe Federation. The World Championships have taken place every year in non-Summer Olympic years since 2002. From 1949 to 1999, they had taken place in odd-numbered years...

 in 1985
1985 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
The 1985 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships were held in Augsburg, West Germany under the auspices of International Canoe Federation for the second time. Augsburg hosted the event previously in 1957. It also marked the first time the championships took place on an artificial whitewater slalom...

 and 2003
2003 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
The 2003 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships were held in Augsburg, Germany under the auspices of International Canoe Federation for the record-tying third time...


The Eiskanal is still considered a world-class venue, and hosts many World Cup and other international races.


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