Former Olympic gold medallist Adam van Koeverden has injured his ankle and will not race in the Canadian sprint canoe-kayak selection trials on Lake Banook this weekend.
Van Koeverden, the country’s most famous active paddler, is not expected to miss much time and should be healthy for August’s world championships, also on Lake Banook.
The 27-year-old won a pair of medals at the 2004 Olympics — gold in the K-1 500 metres and bronze in the K-1 1,000. He also won silver in the K-1 500 last summer in Beijing and piled up four medals at World Cup events this spring.
Although van Koeverden won’t be available for the trials, Lake Banook will be crawling with Olympians on Saturday and Sunday as a precursor to the worlds in August.
Thomas Hall, who won a bronze medal in the C-1 1,000 last summer in Beijing, is among them.