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Divja voda, čisti užitek
Wild water, pure joy
|The last days of training in Athens|
Most of Slovenian slalomists who were on training in Australia is already returning home, and for all of those who decided to train a bit closer to the home - in Athens - the training period is slowly coming to an end.
The training conditions in Greece are very good, although there was a bit unpleasant weather in the first part of the training period. Besides Slovenian slalomists also paddlers from Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Croatia and Greece train on Olympic course in Greek capital. A few days ago two times Olympic champion Tony Estanguet also joined the crowd in Athens and in the following days athletes from Slovakia are expected in Greece too. In Slovenian team canoeists are best represented. At this time Dejan Kralj is only Slovenian kayaker in Athens, but he had already done much training in Canadian double with Simon Hočevar as well. The best Slovenian canoeist in the last seasons Benjamin Savšek has a lot more company. With him train also canoeists Jure Lenarčič, Blaž Cof, Nejc Kravanja and brothers Janežič in C2.
Benjamin Savšek, second placed from last year’s World Cup race in Prague, is very satisfied with the work he had done so far: “After we did not have a real opportunity to paddle on white water for the whole winter, we want primarily to paddle on white water as much as possible. In the first part of training camp we paddled as much as possible on the course and now in the second part we will dedicate ourselves to special trainings and to constructing whole runs. The training conditions are very good, especially now when it has warmed up a little bit. Before arriving to Athens we already did a lot of training for condition, so we want to lift up our level of preparation. I want to paddle well already in the first races, because they are always a good indicator for the whole season.”
The training on the Olympic course will be available until the end of the month. In the last week kayakers Peter Kauzer and Janoš Peterlin, who returned from Australia first, will also join Dejan Kralj in Athens.