The golden era ends. Several water slalom legends retire from sport

The recent world championships in Čunovo marked the end of six Olympic medallists' careers. Others may follow next year.

Brothers Peter and Pavol Hochschorners competed for the last time.Brothers Peter and Pavol Hochschorners competed for the last time. (Source: TASR)

A new generation is slowly emerging in the most successful Slovak Olympic sport. Several water slalom legends ended their competitive careers after the world championships held in Čunovo on September 22-26.

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This includes brothers Peter and Pavol Hochschorner, Elena Kaliská, cousins Ladislav and Peter Škantár, and Jana Dukátová.

Two more athletes, Michal Martikán and Alexander Slafkovský, will probably retire next year, after the European championships in Liptovský Mikuláš, the Sportnet.sk website reported.

Olympic medallists

The Hochschorner brothers belong to the most successful Slovak Olympic athletes, with three gold and one bronze medal. The slalom canoeists wrapped up their professional careers at the age of 42 years.

Cousins Ladislav Škantár (38) and Peter Škantár (39) won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Currently, they serve as officials in the Police Sports Centre, while Peter Škantár is the coach of another water canoeist, Matej Beňuš.

Kaliská, a two-time Olympic winner, ended her career at the age of 49. Apart from Olympic titles, she also won the world championship and was declared the European champion five times. She has won several world cups as well.

Dukátová (38) is the world champion in K1 and also the very first world champion in the C1 event. She also has four silver medals from the world championships, several medals from the world championships (including four golds) and was a world cup winner several times.

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A new generation of athletes

Slovakia has several talents who could triumph in the water slalom in the future.

This includes Beňuš (33) in the C1 category, as well as Marko Mirgorodský (22) who competes in the same event, Sportnet reported.

In the K1 category, 24-year-old Jakub Grigar tops the ranks. At the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, he won a silver medal. Another talent in this category is Adam Gonšenica (21).

As for the women's division, Eliška Mintálová (22), Monika Škáchová (21), Soňa Stanovská (21), and Zuzana Paňková (16) have a chance to succeed, according to Sportnet.

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