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USA Canoe/Kayak

Elite Athlete Health Insurance (EAHI), SPRINT

A.  Eligibility and Criteria Approved for EAHI:

Up to 8 Sprint athletes will be offered EAHI based on the following prioritized system:

SPRINT

Only Athletes who compete in the following Olympic Events are eligible for the 2012/2013 EAHI Slots.

OLYMPIC / EAHI QUALIFYING EVENTS    

K1 - W 200                           K1 - M 200
K1 - W 500                           K1 - M 1000                                                        
K2 - W 500                           K2 - M 200                          
K4 - W 500                           K2 - M 1000                        
K4 - M 1000
C1 - M 200          
C1 - M 1000        
C2 - M 1000        
                                                               
Athletes who are nominated to the 2012 Olympic Games will have first priority of the EAHI slots.

EAHI will be offered to athletes based on their results in Olympic Events at World Cups #1 and #2.:

Athletes that make A Finals in the World Cups will be allocated the remaining EAHI Slot (s)

  • If there are more athletes than the available EAHI slots, who have made Finals, then athletes who have a podium finish will be awarded the slots first 

  • If there are still additional slots available, athletes will be ranked by the number of times in the A Final

  • If there is a tie the slot will be awarded to the athlete whose combined rank, by adding their Finals places together, has the lowest total. 

  • If there is still a tie, the athlete with the best result from the 2012 Olympic Trials. 

Athletes that make B Finals in the World Cups will be allocated the remaining EAHI Slot (s)

If there are more athletes, than the available EAHI slots, who have made Finals, then athletes who have a top 2 B Final finish will be awarded the slots first 

  • If there are still additional slots available, athletes will be ranked by the number of times in the B Final

  • If there is a tie the slot will be awarded to the athlete whose combined rank, by adding their Finals places together, has the lowest total. 

  • If there is still a tie, the athlete with the best result from the 2012 Olympic Trials. 

Senior eligible athletes who are meeting or exceeding their K-1 or C-1 Sprint Athlete Benchmarks specific to their age in the particular event will be awarded the EAHI slot.

  • If there is a tie the slot will be awarded to the athlete who has exceeded their time standard by the most, as compared to the distance of the event

  • If there is still a tie, the athlete with the best result from the 2012 Olympic Trials will be awarded the slot.

If there is not enough slots for a two or four man boat, then athletes in that boat will be ranked according to their K-1 or C-1 placing at the distance in which they qualified the boat for the EAHI slot at the 2012 Trials (Oklahoma City, OK April 20-21, 2012).

If an athlete declines to enroll in the EAHI program within 20 days of being offered, the unused EAHI slot(s) will go to the next qualified athlete.
 
The period of coverage will begin upon athlete enrollment (approximately at the time of nomination for 2012 Olympic Games after the conclusion of World Cup #2) until new 2013 EAHI Allocations are made.

Any EAHI slots that are available after all eligible athletes have accepted or declined, per the criteria above, will remain unallocated to Sprint athletes and transfer to Slalom athletes provided they meet the Slalom EAHI criteria.
 
For both Slalom and Sprint, should there be any available EAHI slots left after the eligible athletes have either accepted or declined, those remaining slots will remain unused.

OPERATION GOLD

Athletes that qualify for Operation Gold payments at the 2012 qualifying event are eligible for the following payment amounts:

  • 1st Place:  $25,000

  • 2nd Place: $15,000

  • 3rd Place:  $10,000

The 2012 Operation Gold qualifying event for NGB is the Summer Olympic Games in London, England.  In the Olympic year, multiple Operation Gold Awards will be paid to qualifying athletes.  In non-Olympic years, Operation Gold Awards are limited to one award per athlete in a program year.  In non-Olympic years, athletes who qualify for more than one award automatically receive the higher award.