Alejandro Schwedhelm

USA Canoe/Kayak

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Event/Discipline: Sprint Canoe, C-1, C-2
Birth Year: 1985
Height: 5'10"
Current Residence: New York City, NY
School: Gainesville State College (B.S. Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis), New York University (Master of Urban Planning)
Current Job: Urban Planner
Club: Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club

Career Highlights:

  • 2009 World Championships - 14th place (C2 1000m)
  • 2007 Pan Am Games - 7th place (C2 1000m, 500m)

Recent Results:

  • 2011 US National Sprint Team Member
  • 2011 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary: 8th in C4 1000m A Final
  • 2011 World Cup No. 3 in Duisburg, Germany: reached semifinals in C-2 500m ( 7th in semi), C-2 200m (8th in semi) and C-2 1000m (9th in semi)
  • 2011 World Cup No. 2 in Racice, Czech Republic: reached semifinal in C-2 1000m (9th in semi), knocked out in heats for C-2 200m (9th in heat)
  • 2011 US Sprint Team Trials: 1st place in C-2 1000m
  • 2X 2011 National Champion: C-2 1000m (with Robert Finlayson); C-4 1000m

Personal:

  • Hobbies: playing guitar, salsa, soccer
  • Quote: "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination" - Tommy Lasorda
  • How'd you get started: During a summer camp as a 10 year old, since then I always loved the fun and challenge of the sport.
  • Hero: My Grandfather because he is the most determined and hard working person I have ever met.
  • Trivia: I did service work in Brazil for 6 months in 2004