Event/Discipline: Canoe Sprint; K1, K2
Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii
School: DeVry University
Club: Hawaii Canoe & Kayak Team, Lanikai Canoe Club
- 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico: BRONZE in K-1 200m, 5th in K-2 200m, qualified an London 2012 Olympic slot for Team USA in Men's K-1 200m.
- 2013 National Championships: 1st in K1 200m, 2nd in K1 1000m
- 2013 Junior World Championships: 11th in U-23 K1 200m
- 2013 World Cup No. 2: 18th in K1 200m
- 2013 World Cup No. 1: 24th in K1 200m, 15th in K1 500m
- 2013 National Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Okla.: 2nd in K1 200m
- 2012 National Championships in Seattle Wash: 1st in K1 200m, K1 500m, K2 200m, K4 1000
- 2012 World Cup No. 2 in Duisburg, Germany: 17th in K1 200m
- 2012 World Cup No. 1 in Poznan, Poland: 26th in K1 200m
- 2012 US Olympic Team Trials in Oklahoma City: 2nd in K-1 200m
- 2011 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary: 7th in K2 200M C Final
- 2011 World Cup No. 3 in Duisburg, Germany: 5th in K-2 200m B Final
- 2011 World Cup No. 2 in Racice, Czech Republic: 7th in K-1 200m C Final
- 2011 US Sprint Team Trials: 2nd in K-1 200m, 1st in K-2 200m
- 2011 National Champion: K-4 1000m
Family: His older brother, Patrick, is also a member of the U.S. National Team.
Hobbies: paddling, watersports
Quote: "Malama Yo Mama."
How'd you start paddling? Started in outrigger then in 2008, I was introduced to sprint kayaking by having an older brother on the team.
Who's your hero? John Foti, Stu Gassner, Duke Freitas - Legends
In the News: Click HERE to read about Ryan's Olympic journey.
It’s only natural that Ryan Kawika Dolan would feel at home on the water, you could say he grew up on it. Ryan was born in Kailua, Hawaii - a small beach community where his house was within a short walking distance from the shoreline. Ryan’s childhood was shaped by his family’s beach lifestyle. Ryan surfed, fished and swam at a young age. Ryan’s grandfather was heavily involved in Lanikai Canoe Club and introduced him to Outrigger canoe paddling at the age of ten. Ryan’s love of the ocean only grew the older he became and as he paddled for Lanikai Canoe Club. He credits Mauli Aspelund and his grandfather Willis Rich as giving him the drive for excellence in canoe paddling. At the age of sixteen after his older brother Patrick Dolan excelled in outrigger canoe paddling, Ryan began to do OC-1 paddling. Ryan’s motivation and obvious potential was noticed by the Foti Brothers and they offered him a sponsorship with their canoes as a way of supporting Ryan. John Foti in particular became a mentor to Ryan. Under his guidance, Ryan not only became the top paddler among the 18-and-under group but was also competitive with adult men in local ocean races, placing in the top 10, all while still a teenager. After a slight hesitation, Ryan decided to try kayaking during his senior year at Maryknoll High School and joined HCKT (Hawaii Canoe & Kayak Team). Ryan was immediately winning the surfski races for his school which led to him being invited to the US Junior National Team training camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
Living and training at the US Olympic Training Center was a pivotal time in Ryan’s kayaking career. The training center experience and environment cultivated the already present drive for excellence in Ryan and began his Olympic dreams. Ryan became the national champion in every race he participated in that year as well as winning the gold and bronze medals at the Pan American Championships, and a silver medal at the Australian Youth Olympics. Perhaps most notable is the silver medal he won at the 2008 Junior World Test Event in Moscow, Russia. The following year, Ryan became a resident at the US National Training Center as well as becoming a member of the US National Kayak Team. That same year, Ryan was ranked fourth overall in the United Sates and attended his first World Championships in Halifax, Canada and numerous World Cup Races throughout Europe. 2010 was a breakthrough year for Ryan because he won the selection trials of the new Olympic distance of 200 meters for K-1 (single) races as well as becoming the national champion for both the K-1 200 meters and the K-1 500 meters. In the 2010 Pan American Championships Ryan won two bronze medals in those same events.
In 2011, Ryan was ranked second in the K-1 200 meters and first in the K-2 (double) 200 meters at the national selection trials. Next Ryan achieved his biggest accomplishment yet by winning a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games which qualified the United States for the 2012 Olympic Games in the K-1 200 meter race.
2015 Sprint National Team Trials
Aaron Mann April 21, 2015
April 24-25 in Oklahoma City, OK
USA Canoe/Kayak Announces Sr. and Jr. National Sprint Teams
April 24, 2014
USA Canoe/Kayak would like to congratulate the athletes who have met the selection criteria and will be representing Team USA this summer.
Year in Review: Flatwater Sprint
Dec. 04, 2013
In the first season since the retirement of three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson, the battle for women’s kayak supremacy was wide open. Among a host of Oklahoma City-based paddlers, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) emerged as a potent threat in both kayak singles and doubles.
RECAP: 2013 U.S. Sprint National Championships
Aug. 08, 2013
Based in Gig Harbor, Wash., GHCKRT won its second consecutive Sprint National Championship team title under Head Coach Alan Anderson. The club takes home the Yonkers Trophy with 28 athletes accumulating 473.5 points.
RECAP: 2013 Junior/Under-23 Sprint World Championships
July 30, 2013
Six US boats record Top 20 finishes Sunday, making nine total boats on the weekend. Ryan Dolan’s 11th place finish in men’s Under-23 K1 200m punctuated Sunday’s performances.
Hogan and McElroy win K2 Silver at Sprint World Cup No. 2
May 15, 2013
Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) won the Silver medal Saturday in the Women’s K2 1000m, following up on their Bronze medal won last weekend in the same event. They crossed the line 3:39.969, +2.494 seconds behind the first place finishers from Australia.
Hogan/McElroy win Bronze at 2013 Sprint World Cup #1
May 10, 2013
Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) won the Bronze medal in the women’s K2 1000m race. They finished in 3:54.966, 1.008 seconds behind the first place finisher. Two local Hungarian boats finished 1st and 2nd.
2013 Senior, Junior, U23 and OHR Teams Announced
April 28, 2013
Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent Team USA!
McElroy, Hornsby Shine at 2013 U.S. Sprint National Team Trials
April 24, 2013
The 2013 Team Trials marks the beginning of a new Olympic quadrennial, in which there will be some big shoes to fill. In senior women’s kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will get the first shot at replacing replace three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who retired after London to enter veterinary school. McElroy finished first in both the 200m and 500m finals before teaming up with her Oklahoma City Boathouse District training partner Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) to win the K2 500m distance.
WEEKEND RECAP: Sprint Nationals, Slalom World Cup, Freestyle World Cup
Aug. 28, 2012
Gig Harbor, Wash. is within an hour’s drive from Green Lake, the site of the 2012 U.S. Sprint National Championships. But the Gig Harbor Canoe/Kayak Racing Team felt right at home as they won their first National Championship Team Title. The host club, Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club, finished fourth in the team points rankings.