As the first Olympic venue constructed specifically for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Lee Valley White Water Centre is hosting the canoe slalom events. It was officially opened on December 9, 2010, by Princess Anne of the Royal Family.

The waterways cost a total of 31 million pounds and was a major conversion of the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Center. It is also planned to host the 2015 International Canoe Federation Slalom World Championship.

Specifically, the venue is positioned between the towns of Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire and Waltham Abbey in Essex considered to be at the northern boundary of Greater London. For the Summer Olympics, an additional 12,000 seats will be installed.

This venue features a 300 meter competition course with a 5.5 meter drop (18 feet). The slope is roughly 1.8 percent (18 meters/km or 95 feet/mile) with a streamflow of 13 cubic meters per second (460 cubic feet per second).

In addition, there are numerous amenities to make the facility more user-friendly. There is a cafe and shop for those visiting during the Olympics and afterwards.

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Written by Ripley Hunter

Ripley Hunter enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities and adventure sports. From kayaking to rock climbing, Hunter's real love lies in fishing, whether on the water or ice. Among his great adventures is deep sea fishing in New Zealand. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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