Former Chair of the ACA's European Division Raphael Kuner, and ACA Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec inducted legendary international paddler Milo Duffek into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame(IWHoF) last night at the PaddleExpo Show in Nuremberg, Germany. Also in attendance were IWHoF Board of Governors Risa Shimoda, Pam Dillon, and 2013 ACA President's Award winner Virgil Chambers.
The following description is courtesy of the IWHoF website.
Year Inducted: 2013
Sport: Slalom Racing
Years Active: 1951-1966
Home Base: Geneva, Switzerland
- Silver Medal in K-1 1955 World Championships
- Established sportsmanship through international exchange and instruction
- Popularized the turning draw stroke now known as the “Duffek”
- First racer to introduce flatwater training techniques to whitewater
- Qualified for 1948 Olympic Games in K2 1000 meter event, but Communist party refused to allow him to compete.
- 27th place K-1 Slalom 1953 World Championships
- 4th place K-1 Slalom 1959 World Championships