The European championships in numbers
About 650 competitors from all over Europe arrived to Račice - a village located near the mountain Říp that is a part of Czech historical fairy tales. There were about thousand boats stored in the depot, because some of the paddlers combine various disciplines. There were about 1100 team members, team staff and all the people behind the scenes. The local catering therefore had to prepare 280 kg of meat (about the weight of two pigs) plus 450 kilos of vegetables during the championship!
Eleven bus drivers took care of the transportation for athletes and teams. Each of them traveled around 1,900 kilometers in average among the airport, hotels and Račice channel. That`s like a journey from Prague to Paris and back. That means that the number of traveled kilometers for the entire European Championship is roughly incredible 20,000!
There were 19 cameras spread throughout the length of the course. Czech Television aired almost the entire program of the championship live on it`s Sport channel or on website. The signal also traveled to Germany, Hungary and to Eurosport.