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Florence looks to rebound at canoe slalom World Championship

Great Britain's David Florence will look to rebound from his mixed start at the canoe slalom World Championships in Maryland.

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Florence thinking big ahead of Canoe Slalom World Champs

David Florence believes all the signs are pointing towards another successful Canoe Slalom World Championships outing as he bids to sign off his...

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Florence strikes World Cup silver in Prague

Great Britain’s David Florence added to his growing medal haul in 2014 by winning silver at the canoe slalom World Cup in Prague.

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Florence and Franklin strike World Cup gold

Double world champion David Florence made a winning return to the scene of his second Olympic silver medal claiming canoe slalom World Cup gold ...

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Florence impresses as British boats star at World Cup

Double world champion David Florence impressed as British boats produced unerring qualifying performances at the canoe slalom World Cup at Lee V...

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 0 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

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David Florence was the only one of the five British athletes selected to compete in canoe slalom in London 2012 to have experienced an Olympics before – winning silver in the C1 at Beijing 2008. However he will also experience a first having qualified in the canoe double with Richard Hounslow, three years after first choosing to combine the event with his individual aspirations.

Born in Aberdeen, Florence lived on Wester Coates Avenue in Edinburgh between the ages of seven and 18, then a mere street away from a young Chris Hoy, whose residence was on Wester Coates Terrace. Seeing Hoy win triple gold at Beijing 2008 inspired Florence to add another event to his repertoire in the form of the canoe double where he won world and European medals in his first year doing it.

Florence studied mathematical physics at the University of Nottingham and applied to be an astronaut before Beijing 2008 after seeing a recruitment advert for the European Space Agency. He won the overall World Cup title in the C1 in 2009 and in the 2012 World Cup series he has won two golds and a silver and is currently ranked world No.1 in the C1. His dad George was a former Scottish canoeing champion and his brother Fraser also competed internationally.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Florence won silver in the C2 Canoe Slalom with partner Richard Hounslow.