This footage is amazing.
Even if you don't know much about slalom racing or c-1, take a moment to appreciate old school at it's best. And, what, it was on tv or something... commentary and slo-mo replay.
I was one of the many people screaming on shore that day. I clearly remember when John came around the corner from the upper part of the course gasping. It looked like I was watching movie footage where somebody had dramatically turned the speed up. His paddle strokes were so much faster than everyone else's it didn't look real. As a friend said he looked like he had a time bomb in his boat and he knew he had to get the hell out of there. If I remember correctly John would've placed third in the K1 division that day. And that's with one blade versus two! It's still stands it's one of the greatest athletic performances I have been fortunate enough to witness.