Etienne Stott

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Etienne Stott
Etienne Stott at Our Greatest Team Parade.jpg
Stott at Our Greatest Team Parade in 2012
Medal record
Men's canoe slalom
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London C-2
World Championships
Bronze 2009 La Seu d'Urgell C-2 team
Bronze 2011 Bratislava C-2 team
European Championships
Gold 2012 Augsburg C-2 team
Silver 2009 Nottingham C-2 team
Bronze 2009 Nottingham C-2
Bronze 2010 Bratislava C-2 team

Etienne Stott MBE (born 30 June 1979 in Manchester) is an English slalom canoeist who has competed since the early 2000s[1] initially in the K-1 category, but later on switching to C-2. He is the Olympic Champion in the C-2 event from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


Timothy Baillie & Etienne Stott (right) at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Etienne and his partner Timothy Baillie won two bronze medals in the C-2 team event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships (2009, 2011). They also won a bronze medal in the C-2 event at the 2009 European Championships at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, Nottingham, England and came in fourth place at the 2009 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu d'Urgell. They won another silver and a bronze in the C-2 team event at the European Championships alongside the other UK boats of David Florence/Richard Hounslow and Daniel Goddard/Colin Radmore. In 2012 they were a part of the British team that won gold at the European Championships in Augsburg in the C-2 team event. They are British Premier Division Champions and British Open Champions.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Stott and partner Timothy Baillie qualified through the heats for the C-2 event on 30 July, and subsequently progressed to the semi-final.[2][3] The semi-final consisted of one run each, with the six best competitors qualifying for the final. Stott and Baillie finished in sixth place, taking the final spot and consequently qualifying for the final.[4] As a result of their sixth place finish, the slowest qualifying time out of the six remaining competitors, Stott and Baillie ran first in the final, securing a time of 106.41.[4][5] The time was not beaten, with Stott and Baillie winning the gold medal in front of a 12,000 strong home crowd at the Lee Valley White Water Centre on 2 August.[6] Fellow British boat of David Florence and Richard Hounslow finished second with a time of 106.77.[4][7] Stott and Baillie's success was described as "unexpected" and a "surprise",[8][9] with the pair describing winning gold as "mad".[10]

Stott was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to canoeing.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Manchester,[1] Stott grew up in Bedford, England, and attended Biddenham Upper School.[12] He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham.[13] He learned to paddle on the River Great Ouse with St. Andrews Scouts, and developed his slalom skills with Viking Kayak Club, of which he is still a member and a vice president. He is now a member of the British Canoe Union's GB Canoeing World Class team based at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. Etienne was named Bedford Sports Personality of the Year in 2008.

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  1. ^ a b "Etienne Stott". Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Baillie and Stott well placed". Orange Sport. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Stott stars as canoe duo race into Olympic semis". Bedford Today. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Slalom canoeists take gold and silver". Team GB. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Olympics: Gold and silver for Great Britain in canoe slalom". BBC Sport. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Team GB clinch gold and silver in the Olympic canoe C2 slalom to thrill partisan crowd". Daily Telegraph. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stott and Baillie head GB one-two". ESPN Star. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Stott and Baillie's unexpected gold celebrated on stamp". ITV News. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Two golds in five minutes: British take victory in canoeing pairs, men's shooting and men's cycling - to send Team GB soaring up the medal table". Daily Mail. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gold stuns GB canoe slalom duo Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott". BBC Sport. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Bedfordshire Local News, Local News Headlines in Bedford | Bedfordshire Newspaper Online | School punches above its weight". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "A golden summer". Alumni Online (The University of Nottingham). 13 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 

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