Europe, Germany, Augsburg

The Eiskanal is an artificial canal feature in the city of Augsburg, Germany that was constructed as the canoe slalom venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics that were hosted in Munich. The first artificial whitewater course of its kind, it has served as a prototype for numerous artificial courses since constructed, such as the Parc OlĂ­mpic del Segre course in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain, built for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona; the Dickerson Whitewater Course, a U.S. training facility for the 1992 Olympic Games; the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in Sydney, Australia, built for the 2000 Olympic Games; in Prague, The Czech Republic; in Bratislava, Slovakia; in Athens, Greece, built for the 2004 Olympic Games; and most recently in Charlotte, North Carolina. It hosted the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in 1985 and 2003. The Eiskanal is still considered a world-class venue, and hosts many World Cup and other international races.