Russian kayaker Nikita Gubenko begins a training run at the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, Md., , on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. He is among  the athletes competing in the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships to be held at the course Sept. 17-20. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — The rushing, boulder-strewn river at the Adventure Sports Center International looks nothing like a level playing field. But it is, for athletes in this week’s canoe and kayak whitewater slalom world championships.

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