Rick Powell

Canoe/Kayak

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  • 2008

Hometown: Parkesburg, Pa.
Birthplace: West Chester, Pa.
Current Residence: Gastonia, NC
Discipline/Event: Slalom, K-1 Men
Birthdate: 3/22/1989
Height: 5'11"
College: Belmont Abbey College
Club: Nantahala Racing Club

2008 Olympian in C-2

2014 U.S. Senior Team Member  

Career Highlights:

  • 2012 Under-23 World Championships: BRONZE in K1
  • 5th at 2010 U.S. National Team Trials
  • 10th at Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  • 2006 U.S. National Champion C-2
  • Member Senior Team in C-2 at age 18
  • Member U.S. Junior Team at age 15
  • 2nd at Australian Youth Olympic Festival (2007)

Other Results in Kayak:

  • 2014 U.S. Team Trials: 3rd
  • 2014 U.S. Open: 2nd
  • 2014 Oceania Championships: 7th
  • 2013 World Championships: 26th
  • 2013 Final World Cup Series Rankings: 41st
  • 2013 World Cup Final: 24th, SILVER in Team K1
  • 2013 World Cup No. 4: 18th
  • 2013 World Cup No. 3: 43rd
  • 2013 World Cup No. 2: 53rd
  • 2013 World Cup No. 1: 43rd
  • 2013 U.S. Slalom Team Trials: 3rd
  • Reached semifinals at the 2012 Oceania Open - placing 20th

Personal

  • Family: Parents - Sandy and Jim Powell; Sisters - Jamie and Michelle
  • Hobbies: Playing guitar, downhill skiing, rock climbing, traveling, snow boarding, skateboarding
  • Did you know: I started slalom racing when I was 3 years old in a canoe with my mom and dad. I started racing in kayak when I was 6 years old at the Penn Cup Slalom Series in Pennsylvania. I was also a downhill ski racer from age 6 to 11.
  • He paddled with Casy Eichfeld (C-2) in the 2008 Olympic Games
  • In the community: Volunteered from 2005-06, helping out a Special Olympics bowling league