Adam van Koeverden

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Adam van Koeverden
Adam van Koeverden.jpg
Adam paddling in a kayak
Personal information
Full name Adam Joseph van Koeverden
Nationality Canadian
Born (1982-01-29) January 29, 1982 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (87 kg)
Sport
Sport Kayaking
Event(s) K-1 1000m, K-1 500m
Club Burloak Canoe Club

Adam Joseph van Koeverden (born January 29, 1982) is a Canadian sprint kayaker. He was born in Toronto, Ontario to a Dutch father and a Hungarian mother.[1] His home club is the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. A one time world champion in the 500 m, van Koeverden is the current reigning world champion in the K-1000 m, his favourite event. In total, van Koeverden has won eight world championship medals, two gold, three silver, and three bronze. In addition, he has won four Olympic medals; one gold, two silvers, and a bronze, with his Olympic championship victory coming at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Adam van Koeverden is the current world record holder in the K-1 500m, though this is not officially recognized due to changing weather conditions from race to race[citation needed].

Sporting career[edit]

He won a bronze medal in the K-1 1000 m at the 1999 world junior championships in Zagreb, Croatia, and then became world junior marathon champion in 2000. His first success as a senior came with a silver medal at the 2003 world championships in Gainesville, Georgia in the men's K-1 1000 m event. At the 2004 Summer Olympics van Koeverden won two medals, including a gold in the K-1 500 m and a bronze in the K-1 1000 m. He was Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremonies and was later awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete of 2004.

In 2005, van Koeverden won two medals at the 2005 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia: a silver in the K-1 1000 m and a bronze in the K-1 500 m. At the 2006 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, van Koeverden finished fourth in both the K-1 500 m and 1000 m finals. At the 2006 Canadian Sprint Canoe Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan, he won five gold medals (K-1 1000 m, K-2 1000 m, K-4 1000 m, K-4 200 m, and War Canoe), and two silver medals (K-1 200 m and K-2 200 m).

Van Koeverden had great success on the World Cup circuit in 2007, going undefeated over both 500 m and 1000 m in three competitions.[2] At the 2007 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany, van Koeverden won the gold medal in the K-1 500 m and the silver medal in the K-1 1000 m.

Van Koeverden beat his own world record in the K-1 500 m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a time of 1:35.554.[3] He finished 8th place in the 1000m race, and finished with a silver medal in the K-1 500 m race. Originally, he had been listed as bronze medalist, until the scoreboard was corrected to indicate he had finished second. van Koeverden had led most of the way from the start, but was overtaken by the Australian winner Ken Wallace at the finish line, with British bronze medallist Tim Brabants ending in a photo finish with him.

In the leadup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, van Koeverden was named flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team at the opening ceremonies.[4]

At the 2009 world championships in Dartmouth, he won a bronze medal in the K-1 1000 m event. The following year, he won another bronze, only this time it was in the K-1 500 m event. Continuing to build on these achievements at the world's, van Koeverden went to the 2011 world championships competing in the K-1 1000 m, where he finally won gold.[5]

At the 2012 London Olympics he won the silver medal in the same event, while Norway's Eirik Verås Larsen won gold.[6]

Adam van Koeverden Street[edit]

To celebrate the success of the hometown hero, on October 17, 2008, Mayor Rob Burton and local councillors hosted a meet and greet session. A ceremonial street name unveiling to honor van Koeverden preceded the event. Adam van Koeverden Street, which is currently known as Water Street, is located near his Oakville harbour home club, the Burloak Canoe Club.[7]

Education[edit]

Van Koeverden attended St. Johns Elementary Catholic School in Oakville, Ontario then graduated in 1996. He then proceeded to go to St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School also located in Oakville. He plays guitar.

Van Koeverden is a graduate of McMaster University. He graduated in June 2007 as valedictorian of his class.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Van Koeverden living the Canadian Dream". National Post. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Van Koeverden extends kayak streak". CBC Sports (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Van Koeverden advances to semis in record time". Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Van Koeverden named Canada's flag-bearer". CBC Olympics (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). 2008-07-23. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Van Koeverden strikes gold at kayak worlds". CBC Sports. August 19, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Adam van Koeverden wins silver medal in kayaking 0". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  7. ^ Kuiperij, Jon (2008-10-22). "Olympian at Home on Water Street". Oakville Beaver. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  8. ^ Bubak, Susan (2007-06-04). "Olympic athlete to give valedictory address". McMaster Daily News (McMaster University). Retrieved 2008-07-02. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Knut Holmann
Olympic  Gold
Men's K-1 500m flatwater
Kayaking

2004
Succeeded by
Ken Wallace
Preceded by
Tim Brabants
Olympic  Bronze
Men's K-1 1000m flatwater
Kayaking

2004
Succeeded by
Ken Wallace
Preceded by
Nathan Baggaley
Olympic  Silver
Men's K-1 500m flatwater
Kayaking

2008
Succeeded by
Event discontinued
Records
Preceded by
K-1 500m Men
World Record

1:36.2
Succeeded by
Adam van Koeverden
Preceded by
Adam van Koeverden
K-1 500m Men
World Record

1:35.630
Succeeded by
Adam van Koeverden
Preceded by
Adam van Koeverden
K-1 500m Men
World Record

1:35.554
Succeeded by
current
Awards
Preceded by
Mike Weir
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
2004
Succeeded by
Steve Nash