(BEIJING, April 11) -- On August 8, on the occasion of the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park will welcome the 2007 World Rowing Junior Championships -- this year's very first "Good Luck Beijing" sports event in Beijing.
32 gold medals
Next August, 32 gold medals will be awarded in the events to be hosted at this venue, including the Olympic rowing, canoe/kayaking, marathon swimming events, and Paralympic rowing event.
The Rowing-Canoeing Park has the largest surface area of the newly built competition venues, stretching 3,000 m from north to south, and 900 m at its widest point east to west.
The only world-class combined flatwater and slalom venue
The Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park is the world's only first-class rowing-canoeing venue that contains both a flatwater and slalom course.
Water to be recycled once every 35 days
The flatwater and slalom areas were filled with 2.0 million cu m of water between October 31, 2006 and December 26, 2006, for a combined surface area of 680,000 sq m. The water will be recycled once every 35 to 40 days.
A natural "oxygen bar"
The vast waters of the completed venue, along with the yet-to-be-built Forest Park of Chaobai River, which will surround the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, will create a natural "oxygen bar."
In addition to the 2007 World Rowing Junior Championships, the Rowing-Canoeing Park will also host five other "Good Luck Beijing" events. These events will serve as a test of the coordination level of the Olympic Command Center, information management, reaction time, as well as Beijing city operations.