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The ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup is an annual series of races in canoe slalom held under the auspices of the International Canoe Federation. It has been held since 1988 in four canoe and kayak disciplines for men and women. The four original disciplines are men's single canoe (C1), men's double canoe (C2), men's kayak (K1) and women's kayak. A women's single canoe discipline (C1) has been added to the world cup in 2010.
The world cup is a series of individual races usually taking place during the summer months of June, July and August. The athlete (or boat) that accumulates the highest number of points from all world cup races in the given discipline becomes the overall world cup champion. The scoring system as well as the number of world cup races have changed multiple times over the years. Currently the winner of a world cup race gets 60 points. The points for lower positions vary by discipline. Five world cup races (including the World Cup Final) are scheduled to take place in 2012. The World Cup Final has a special status as a tie-breaker. The athlete (or boat) with a better result in the World Cup Final will be ranked higher in case of a tie with another athlete (or boat).