The World Games
The World is Coming to Birmingham…and Oak Mountain State Park.
The World Games is an 11-day international multi-sport event organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee. Held the year following the Summer Olympic Games, The World Games 2022 will showcase a New Generation of Global Sports in Birmingham from July 7-17, 2022. An anticipated 3,600 elite athletes from over 100 countries will compete for gold in more than 30 of the fastest growing sports in the world.
We are hosting the Canoe Marathon, Waterski & Wakeboard, and Orienteering competitions! Watch the top athletes in these sports compete here at the park! We are proud to be a apart of these prestigious games and hope that you are able to join us!
* July 10-17th, Terrace Drive inside the park will be closed to the public. Please be aware of this and plan in advance. See map link below.
Sport Competition Overviews
Canoe Marathon - In Canoe Marathon, the competitor races over a long-distance course on water that is not subject to prescribed standards. The competitor must take the water as it is found and be prepared, if necessary, to carry his or her kayak around an impassable obstacle or between two waterways.
Country of Origin
- England (canoe marathon)
- Australia, Germany, Hungary
Waterski and Wakeboard - Waterski and wakeboard are towed water sports in which an individual is pulled behind a boat riding skis or a wakeboard.
Waterski has three different categories: Slalom, Trick and Jump.
In Slalom, skiers use only one ski, with their feet facing forward, one in front of the other. Skiers must navigate around a six-buoy course in order to complete the pass. While the boat speed is fixed, the rope length is not — it is shortened after each successful pass. The turn buoys are positioned 11.5 meters away from the center of the slalom course to ensure that as the rope is shortened, skiers are required to use the momentum generated through their turns to swing up on the side of the boat and reach out in order to get their ski around the next buoy. The skier who successfully passes around the most buoys on the shortest rope wins.
In Trick, skiers use small, oval-shaped skis. Skiers are given two 20-second runs, during which they perform a series of pre-selected tricks. One pass is for hand tricks, which includes surface turns, rotations over the wake and flips. The second pass includes toe tricks, which are performed by completing wake turns and rotations with only a foot attaching them to the handle. A trick cannot be repeated and each one has a specific point value. A panel of judges assesses which tricks were completed correctly and assigns a predetermined point value to each successfully completed trick. The skier with the most points wins.
In Jump, skiers use two long skis to ride over a jump ramp in an attempt to travel the longest distance. As a skier approaches the ramp, the skier will zigzag behind the boat in a series of cuts to generate speed and angle, and will hit the base of the jump ramp at a near-right angle to the boat. The winner is the skier who travels the farthest calculated distance and successfully rides away.
Wakeboard has one category in The World Games: Freestyle
In Wakeboard, the board is a small, mostly rectangular, thin board with very little displacement and shoe-like bindings attached. The sport is a mixture of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing. Using edging techniques, the rider can move outside of the wake or cut rapidly toward it. Jumps are performed by riding up the wake and launching into the air. While in the air, the rider attempts to do tricks. The rider is permitted one fall during his two passes and the judges award points for three distinct elements – execution (technical difficulty), intensity (the scale of the trick) and composition (variety). The rider who gains the highest score wins.
Country of Origin
- United States (waterski)
- Australia/New Zealand (wakeboarding)
- Australia, New Zealand, United States
Orienteering (Middle Distance) - A sport that combines racing with navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly-detailed map to select routes and navigate through diverse and unfamiliar terrain to visit control points in sequence. Courses can range from forests to urban environments. A standard orienteering course consists of a start; a series of control sites that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited; and a finish. The control site circles are centered on the feature that is to be found. This feature is also defined by control descriptions (a list that orienteers receive along with their map). Out in the terrain, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit. To verify a visit, the orienteer uses an electronic “punch” using a finger stick with a chip inside that records their time at each control they visit. The route between controls is not specified and is entirely up to the orienteer.
The World Games 2022 will include three disciplines: Middle Distance, Sprint and Sprint Relay.
Country of Origin
- Denmark, Norway, Sweden
We hope you're making plans to attend some of the sporting events, especially those we're hosting at Oak Mountain State Park! If you are, there are some things you need to know before you go. Please familiarize yourself with the bag policy, as well as items that are prohibited at all World Games venues.