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Lanier Olympic Venue to host 2016 Pan American Championship event
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The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue has attracted yet another major international event.

The Pan American Canoe Federation has awarded USA Canoe/Kayak the 2016 Pan American Championships for the sprint canoe events, according to a press release Monday afternoon. The Lanier venue will serve as host site for the championships, which serve as the Continental Olympic Qualifier for the Americas.

Olympic venue manager Morgan House submitted the bid for the venue at Clarks Bridge Park, which competed against bids from Montreal, Canada, and Curitiba, Brazil. The date for the event has not yet been finalized but is tentatively set for the spring.

The championships are the latest in a long line of international events Lake Lanier has held since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

The venue has played host to the American Collegiate Rowing Association championships, the USA Canoe/Kayak National championships, and the 18th Annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

“This is great news for USA Canoe/Kayak! Having the Pan American Canoe Championships on home turf, which will serve as the Continental Qualifier for Rio 2016, is a real plus for our athletes,” said Michele Eray, USA Canoe/Kayak’s High Performance Director for Canoe Sprint, in a press release. “Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club did a fantastic job on their bid, and we look forward to an exciting event in 2016.”

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