If it is slalom, is it cool to watch?
From what I have seen and heard, they may place a gate right in the middle of the biggest hole on the course. Watching the racers negotiate it with long glass boats will be interesting.
That's the whole point!
They place the gates such that it is difficult to maneuver through them. Makes a class III rapid into a class IV/V challenge. If you are interested in increasing your boating ability, I would highly recommend hanging out with some of the racers at Golden and learning from them. Learning to race gates will be the best thing you ever did to increase your boating ability.
One interesting aspect of this course is that they will be using salt water, which will be much foamier, whiter, and more difficult to read. It will be interesting to see how that effects the competition.
Look for Rebecca Giddens to turn up the heat and challenge for a medal in Women's K-1. Too bad the Women's finals are 12-2:30am...