As Chris Lund so eloquently stated on Monday, Adam van Koeverden had nothing left to prove. At 30, the Oakville, Ontario native’s future in competitive Kayaking is uncertain. If today’s K1, 1000 km was his last Olympic race, he’ll have another medal to cap off an incredible career.
After leading for most of the race – a 4:30 am start – AvK was overtaken by Norway’s Eirik Veras Larsen with 250m left in the race. Germany’s Max Hoff took Bronze. The CBC has words from the Silver medal man:
“Overall I am happy with my race,” van Koeverden said. “I tried to get as much air in my lungs and keep it going. Everybody is out there trying to win the race and I feel like my race plan went well. I was looking for a good finish. I can find the silver lining in silver.”
Four medals – one gold, two silver and one bronze – in three games. At just 22, van Koeverden won Gold in Athens. With that victory, expectations for future podium successes were not just anticipated – but expected. He never made it back to the top of his sport – several World Championships indicate that statement is flawed – but he handled expectations just about as well as anyone could.
15 minutes later, Burlington, Ontario’s Mark Oldershaw won Bronze in the men’s C-1 1000m canoe final. Oldershaw finished behind Germany’s Sebastian Brendel and Spain’s David Cal-Figeroa. A third generation Olympian – very cool – Mark is the only Oldershaw to make the podium.
13. Canada now trails their Beijing (18) medal count by five with five days to go.