David Florence

Canoe Slalom

Fact File

Date of birth

8 August 1982


Canoe Slalom


British Team


C1 & C2


David Florence is one of the world’s top men's slalom canoeists. Competing in the men’s C1 and C2 class, he has represented Great Britain for an incredible 20 years.He is a three-time Olympian, a three-time World Champion and has won more than 25 World Cup medals including 9 gold. David’s attitude, behaviour and mental skill have been major factors in his success.

David has won silver medals at three consecutive Olympics; in the C1 in Beijing in 2008 and in the C2 in London 2012 and Rio 2016.  He is the first British Canoe Slalom athlete to attend three successive Games and the first athlete in the history of canoe slalom to have won Olympic medals in more than one class. 

In 2015 David had an outstanding season, becoming World Champion in C1 for the second time in his career, claiming the victory on his home course at Lee Valley White Water Centre. At the 2013 World Championships in Prague, David became the first paddler in 60 years to win both the C1 and C2 titles in the same year, also making him the first ever British paddler to win a C1 and C2 World title. 

Away from the water David is a father of three and can speak an impressive 6 languages, including mandarin which he learned prior to the Beijing Olympics. He also has a degree in Mathematical Physics. 


Slalom World Cup in Krakow, Gold Medalist C1
Rio Olympic Silver Medalist, C2
World Champion, C1
Double World Champion, C1 & C2
London Olympic Silver Medalist, C2
World Championship Bronze Medalist, C2 & European Championship Bronze Medalist, C2
World Cup Series Champion, C1
Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist, C1

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