Adam van Koeverden One of Canada’s Most Accomplished Olympians
Adam van Koeverden One of Canada’s Most Accomplished Olympians
Adam van Koeverden is one of Canada's most recognizable Olympians. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Few Canadian Olympians have dominated their sport over the past several years like Adam van Koeverden in kayaking.

His list of accomplishments is staggering: World Cup titles from 2004–2007, Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist, 21 World Cup victories, and Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year.

“Every time I line up, my goal is to put together the best performance I possibly can,” van Koeverden said in a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee. “I know that in the back of my mind, that’s usually worth a medal or a win.” His record certainly supports his statement.

Van Koeverden, 30, was also Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies for Beijing 2008. On his blog vankayak.com, van Koeverden said, “This was my proudest moment as a Canadian, ever.”

His sport of sprint kayaking involves a race for 1,000 or 1,500 metres; van Koeverden actually holds a Guinness world record for speed in a canoe or kayak over 500 metres.

His preparation for the London Summer Olympics included several training sessions near Budapest, Hungary, with other world and Olympic medalists.

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