Canoeing and Kayaking are the summer versions of downhill skiing. There are two different types of events. The first are sprints which are purely speed races held in calm waters. The first one to cross the finish line wins. Slaloms on the other hand are not so simple. Competitors must pass through gates on their way through the whitewater course, going through some against the current, with time penalties for touching and missing gates. While navigating the tricky course, they must avoid obstacles in their paths.