Discipline/Event: Canoe Slalom, C1W
Birthdate: 3/22/1994
Height: 5'4"
School: Stevens Point Area Senior High
Club: Upper Midwest Paddling Association

Career Highlights:

  • 2011 US Senior Slalom National Team Member
  • Reached semifinals at 2011 World Cup No. 4
  • Placed 21st in Women's Canoe at 2011 Slalom World Championships
  • Placed 22nd among Women's Canoes in final 2011 ICF World Slalom Rankings
  • 2011 National Champion in Women's Canoe. Read about it HERE.
  • Bronze medal at 2010 Junior World Championships
  • 6th at 2010 Senior World Championships
  • 1st at 2011 US Open
  • 1st at 2011 US National Team Trials


  • 2009 Junior Olympic Spirit Award
  • 2010 US Sports Academy May Athlete of the Month


  • Hobbies: Singing, doing artwork, skiing, climbing, slacklining, running, backpacking
  • Quote: "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." - Mark Twain
  • How'd you get started? I have grown up in a paddling family - my parents first date was going over a 20 foot waterfall. So you could reasonably say paddling is in my blood. I started out on the quiet northern lakes and rivers of Wisconsin, and one year I picked up whitewater... I've never been able to stop.
  • Who are you mentors? My parents, primarily, Colleen Hickey, my big buddy, and Cathy Hearn... a woman to live up to.
  • Trivia: I was born in Hawaii.
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  • Website: http://haileythompsonwhitewater.blogspot.com

Other Results:

  • 1st in C-1, 1st in K-1 Juniors at 2009 US Open
  • 1st in C-1 and K-1 at 2009 Junior National Team Trials
  • 1st in C-1 at World Series, American Open
  • 3rd in C-1, 5th in K-1 at US Senior National Championships
  • 1st in Freestyle K-1 and C-1 at Junior Olympics
  • 2nd in Slalom K-1 and C-1 at Junior Olympics
  • Junior Olympic Overall Champion