Initially intended on the Marathon plain, the white water stadium of the 2004 Olympic Games was finally located on the site of the former Helliniko airport based in the centre of Athens.
The Athens white water stadium stands out from the ordinary, its innovation will blow your mind. The river is supplied by an artificial lake of 25,000 m² created especially for this occasion and which is filled with sea water thanks to a pumping station on the coast and a pipeline. The river is equipped with a pumping station of six pumps having a maximum discharge of 21 m³/s, two boat conveyors and the Omniflots mobile obstacles system, patented by EDF.
The design of the course is original. For the first time, the public discovered a white water stadium in a figure of 8. The white water course starts on a bridge that will then loop under itself. This original design was developed in tight collaboration with the Greek architect Mr Nikos Fintikakis from the firm Sunthesis Research in Athens, who was also the representative of the construction managers for this project.
The following photos were taken in February 2004 during the first official training sessions on the white water course. It is interesting to note the bright white color of the water, which is due to the use of sea water. Olympic discharge: 17.5 m³/s