Discipline/Event: Canoe Slalom, C2 and K1
Position: Bow, front of boat
Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia
Birthplace: Marietta, Georgia
Current Residence: Gastonia, North Carolina
College: Gaston College
Club: Nantahala Racing Club
2014 U.S. Senior Team Member
- 2012: 12th
How He Qualified: Consistency was key for Hurd, 26, and Jeff Larimer, 31, to emerge among a trio of U.S. doubles canoe boats with the lone Olympic slot. earned the Olympic boat quota slot in Men’s Slalom Kayak for the U.S. by winning Gold at the 2012 Pan American Championships in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil on March 10. Hurd and Larimer then earned points toward Olympic selection by finishing 1st at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Charlotte on April 14. Finally, the tandem clinched the spot for themselves with a 9th place finish at the 2012 World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales on June 10.
- 2014 U.S. Team Trials: 2nd in C2 with Jeff Larimer
- 2014 U.S. Open: 4th in K1
- 2012 U.S. National Championships: 1st in C2, 2nd in K1
- 2012 World Cup No. 1: 9th in C2
- 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 1st in C2, 5th in K1
- 2011 Pan American Championships: GOLD in C2
- 2011 World Championships: 32nd in C2
- 2011 National Championships: 2nd in C2, 2nd in K1
- 2011 World Cup No. 3: 18th
- 2010 U.S. Open: 1st in K1
- 2010 ICF International: BRONZE in K1
- 2008 Pan American Championships: SILVER in K1
Like Fathers, Like Sons: Hurd, 26, and Larimer, 31, are both following in the wake of their paddling fathers, Mike Hurd and Mike Larimer. The elder Hurd and Larimer trained with each other on the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta. Mike Hurd was also a high school All-American basketball player. Mike Larimer narrowly missed out on paddling for Team USA at the 1992 Olympic Games, but he was able to coach the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Team at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. Surprisingly, their sons have only recently joined forces in doubles canoe. But the duo quickly established themselves as the best C-2 boat in North and South America with a Gold medal at the 2012 Pan American Championships.
Fiance: Becca Kirlin, wedding set for September 29, 2012
Hobbies: alternative fuels, recycling
Quote: "Some run a race to see who's fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts."
How’d you get that name? I believe it was spring 1999. I was at a training camp in Washington D.C. on the Potomac River, with a team of all ages. I was the youngest, so naturally, I was the one to get the dares and pranks. One evening, while at a steak restaurant, my teammates bet that I couldn’t eat all the butter that came with the bread appetizer. Of course, looking up to the older athletes, I ate it all - without thinking twice. It was just one of those nicknames that stuck. It fully solidified on a world level later that summer. At the Junior World Championships in Poland, I had just [secured] 15th place in the world for the “18-and-under” category. I was 13. My coach came over to me and said, “I guess you’ve got to be Butter, because you are on a roll.”
Eric’s training began at the “waterworks” in Atlanta- a single class II rapid with numerous gates set up for training during the week. On weekends he and his father would travel to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, in western North Carolina, for more extensive workouts on the Nantahala River. In August 2006, the US National Whitewater Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina. Naturally, Eric moved to train on the hardest racecourse ever built in the country.
Overall, the sport has enabled Eric’s incredible work ethic and dedication to shine, as he is a strong-willed and big-hearted athlete. He has taken on other roles in the local community such as volunteering for organizations like the Gastonia Junior Chamber, the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Keep Gastonia Beautiful. Eric has continued to challenge himself as he continues his education, going to school in the fall semester when training is less intense. He intends to continue until he receives a Bachelor’s degree.
RECAP: 2014 USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Team Trials
March 27, 2014
The U.S. will field a veteran squad at the World Championships, including a combined 8 Olympic appearances. Fabien Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist for France, will be joined on Team USA by Olympians Casey Eichfeld (2012, 2008), Rick Powell (2008), Benn Fraker (2008), Jeff Larimer (2012) and Eric Hurd (2012).
Announcing the 2014 U.S. Junior and Under-23 Slalom Team
March 25, 2014
USA Canoe/Kayak is proud to nominate 11 athletes to the 2014 U.S. Junior and Under-23 Slalom World Championship Team. They will compete at the ICF Canoe Slalom Jr. and U-23 World Championships in Penrith, Australia, April 23-27, 2014.
Sept. 10 Weekend Recap
Sept. 10, 2012
2012 Olympians return to the whitewater.
Eyes on Bottom Line Canoeists Ponder Rio
Aug. 31, 2012
Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer make up the fastest slalom canoe doubles team in the United States yet their athletic future is hardly secure.
Queen, Hurd/Larimer Miss Cut for Semifinals
July 30, 2012
Penalties again were enough to prevent Women’s K1 Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) and the Men’s Double Canoe tandem of Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) from advancing. Hurd and Larimer finished 12th and Queen 17th Monday to cap off a tough two days for the U.S. Olympic Slalom Team at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
Like Father, Like Son
Virginia Harrison July 29, 2012
Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer look to build on their fathers' legacies
Meet Our USA Canoe/Kayak Olympians
July 19, 2012
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team will consist of seven athletes competing in seven events.
Five 2012 U.S. Olympians Named in Wales
June 07, 2012
Add two more athletes and one final boat to the nominees for 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team. Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) reached the Men’s Double Canoe (C-2) Final Sunday, where they finished 9th.
'12 Things ... you might not know about Canoe/Kayak
Paul D. Bowker April 13, 2012
With this weekend's Trials coverage, find out more about the thrilling sport