For several decades, men have been paddling C1 and C2 (solo decked canoe, doubles decked canoe) in the Olympics. Decades. And this year was the first time women were allowed a Senior National Team for C1....but we still aren't allowed to go to the Olympics! I just recently heard that the US is sending four boats to Beijing....which is fabulous, but guess what? Only one of them is female.
I think it's time for the ICF to recognize that girls can paddle canoes too, and it's definitely time to let us compete internationally. If you agree, feel free to contact the International Canoe Federation and tell them what you think.
Hey, it's half the stick, but twice the chick!