Special report: 2008 Olympic Games
BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Dutch slalom coach Michael Seibert said here on Saturday that it was already a great success for his team to be able to participate in the Beijing Olympics.
"This is the first time for us to have a K1 (kayak single) for women in slalom race. This is a great success, because this is the Netherlands' first woman slalom race in Olympics," he told Xinhua in the Shunyi Olympic Canoeing/Kayaking Park.
"Medals are not realistic. But anything can happen. If they do well in the two rounds, they can win a medal," he said when asked to forecast his team's performance in the coming Olympic race.
He said the Netherlands is not strong in slalom race because there is only flat water in his country.
"There is one artificial water course near Amsterdam. Slalom is not so popular in Holland," he added.
At present, there are 50 to 60 slalom boats in the Netherlands, he said, and there are six athletes in the national team. In Beijing Olympics, the Netherlands will participate in K1 men and K1women races in the slalom water course.