The USA Canoe Kayak Sprint Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Olympic Development Program (ODP) National Team Training Squads. (CLICK HERE FOR ODP SQUADS DOCUMENT). The attached document details the inaugural ODP Squads which are divided into the disciplines of Women's Kayak, Women's Canoe, Men's Kayak and Men's Canoe. Each discipline is then divided into Senior, U23, JR born 1999, JR born 2000, JR born 2001, and JR born 2002 or later. Athletes were assigned points based on theirs and their coaches responses to 10 questions about their best ever performances and testing results. These results then further divided the athletes into Elite, A, B and Development Training Squads. The announcement document details the color key and the ODP points margins.
The Elite and A National Team Training Squads will be used as a guideline for the National Team Coach, the High Performance Director and the Selection Committee when making decisions on potential support to athletes for the 2017 racing session and as a guideline for pre purchasing flights, accreditation and nominal entries to World Cups and other International Competitions ahead of National Team Trials in Lanier, Georgia on May 20th and 21st, 2017 and for the OHR selection at National Championships in Clermont, Florida on August 2nd to August 5th 2017. It is hoped that this pre purchase plan will result in significant savings for Elite and A Team athletes and their sponsors.
The actual National Team Selection Criteria for the various 2017 National Teams will be posted before the end of the year and will be the final decision maker as to who is selected to the 2017 Sprint USA National Teams. Prior selection to an ODP Training Squad does not guarantee that an athlete will race at a World Cup, OHR or World Championships that decision still depends on results at Trials, Pre-World Training Camps, World Cup results and Time Trials.
As USA Canoe Kayak coaches we encourage you to please use the training squad information and announcement to encourage your athletes to strive for excellence in paddling as we build up towards the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games....