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Michael Rudnitsky


Event/Discipline: Canoe Slalom, K1 and C2 with Elliot Bertrand 
Birthdate: 12/16/1995
Hometown: Herndon, Virginia
Birth Place: Jerusalem, Israel
Current Residence: Herndon, Virginia 
Height: 6'
School: Herndon High School (Class 2014)
Club: Potomac Whitewater Racing Center 

2015 U.S. Under-23 National Team K1 and C2

Career Highlights:
  • Top K1 and C2 with Elliot Bertrand junior in 2012 and 2013 US Junior National Team
  • 2013 U.S. National Championships: 5th in K1
  • 2012 Maryland Championship at ASCI: 1st K1
  • 2011 Vajda Cup: Overall 15th place in K1 Under-16 category
  • 2011 Junior Pre-World Championships in Wausau, WI: 1st in C2 with Liam Malakoff
  • 2011 Junior Pre-World in Wausau, WI: 15th in K1
  • 2011 U.S. Open: 3rd in K1 Junior category 
  • 2010 Age Group Nationals: 3rd in K1 Under-16 category 
  • 2010 USA Junior Olympics: 2nd in K1 Under-16 category

Recent Results:

  • 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior & U23 World Championships: 48th in U23 K1
  • 2015 U.S. National Team Trials: 8th in K1 and 4th in C2 with with Elliot Bertrand
  • 2014 U.S. National Championships: 5th in K1 and 1st in C2 with Elliot Bertrand
  • 2014 U.S Junior and Under-23 National Team Trials: 3rd in K1 and 1st in C2 with Elliot Bertrand
  • 2014 U.S. National Team Trials: 7th in K1 and 7th in C2 with Elliot Bertrand


Michael is a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team and a member of the Potomac Whitewater Racing Club in Washington DC. Michael started competing in the men's kayak category (K1) at age 13 and in double canoe (C2) at 15. His first C2 partner was former Junior National Team member Liam Malakoff; back then Michael was a bowman. The next year (2012), because Liam decided to retire from competitive Canoe Slalom racing, Michael started racing C2 as a "sternman" with Elliot Bertrand.

The main training ground for Michael is the Feeder Canal on the Potomac River (40 minutes from his hometown) and the Dickerson Whitewater Course at NRG's Dickerson Generating Station(1 hour away). His coach during his first four years of racing was two-time Olympic medalist Dana Chladek. Currently, he trains with National Team Coach Silvan Poberaj.

During his free time, Michael enjoys playing guitar and piano, watching youtube videos, and messing around on the Internet.

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