Discipline/Event: Canoe Sprint, K1 200-meter
Hometown: Jones, Oklahoma
Current Residence: Jones, Oklahoma
Weight: 175 lbs
School: Oklahoma Virtual Academy
Club: Oklahoma City High Performance Center
- 2013 Junior World Championships: 13th in Junior K2 200m, 16th in Junior K2 1000m with Istvan Urban
- 2013 National Championships: 1st in Junior K1 200m
- 2013 Lake Placid International: 1st in Junior K2 1000m
- 2013 National Team Trials: 1st in Junior K1 200m, 1st in Junior K2 1000m, 1st in Junior K2 200m, 3rd in Junior K1 1000m
- 2010 US U14 National Champion K1 1000 meter
- 2011 US U16 National Champion K1 1000 meter
- 2011 US U16 National Champion K1 200 meter
- 2011 US U16 National Champion K2 1000 meter
- 4-time individual National Champion
- 9-time Lake Placid International regatta Medalist 2010/2011
- 2012 Junior National Team Member
- 2012 US U16 National Champion K1 1000 meter
- 2012 US U16 Nationals K1 200 meter 2nd Place
- 2012 Olympic Hopes Regatta A Final 6th Place
- 2012 Lake Placid International U16 1st K2 1000
- 2012 Canada Day Regatta U16 1st K2 200/1000
- 2013 Lake Placid International 1st K2 200/1000
- 2013 Junior Worlds Team Member
Hobbies: Playing basketball, working out, and spending time with friends.
Favorite Quote: "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision." -Muhammad Ali
How'd you get started? One day in April of 2008 when my dad and I were picking up my sister from rowing practice. Right around the time of the Olympic trials, a guy named Matt Woodson came up to me and asked me if I wanted to try sprint kayaking, I got started and liked being around the water, so I have been kayaking ever since.
Who's your mentor? I have many people who I admire and look up to. My parents are two very important people in my life. But my mentor is my coach Shaun Caven. He has been a major part of my success; he keeps me going every day. I wouldn’t want anyone else to be my coach; he has taught me so much about kayaking, but even more about life. He has shown me to put my mind to something and stick to it, to commit to something and do the very best you can at whatever it is.
USA Canoe/Kayak Announces Sr. and Jr. National Sprint Teams
April 24, 2014
USA Canoe/Kayak would like to congratulate the athletes who have met the selection criteria and will be representing Team USA this summer.
Year in Review: Flatwater Sprint
Dec. 04, 2013
In the first season since the retirement of three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson, the battle for women’s kayak supremacy was wide open. Among a host of Oklahoma City-based paddlers, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) emerged as a potent threat in both kayak singles and doubles.
RECAP: 2013 U.S. Sprint National Championships
Aug. 08, 2013
Based in Gig Harbor, Wash., GHCKRT won its second consecutive Sprint National Championship team title under Head Coach Alan Anderson. The club takes home the Yonkers Trophy with 28 athletes accumulating 473.5 points.
RECAP: 2013 Junior/Under-23 Sprint World Championships
July 30, 2013
Six US boats record Top 20 finishes Sunday, making nine total boats on the weekend. Ryan Dolan’s 11th place finish in men’s Under-23 K1 200m punctuated Sunday’s performances.
RECAP: 2013 Lake Placid International
July 12, 2013
The 2013 Lake Placid International also served as the U.S. ParaCanoe Team Trials. Team USA will compete at the 2013 U.S. ParaCanoe World Championships Team, to be held as part of the 2013 Sprint World Championships in Duisburg Germany, Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
RECAP: 2013 U.S. Marathon Team Trials
May 23, 2013
In the Senior Men's race, Borys Markin led from start to finish. Markin, a former K4 bronze medalist in the 200-meter Sprint World Championships, represented the Rockaway Olympic Center (NY). By virtue of winning his division and beating the mandatory time standard, Markin punched his ticket to the ICF Marathon World Championships, to be held in Denmark in September.
2013 Senior, Junior, U23 and OHR Teams Announced
April 28, 2013
Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent Team USA!
McElroy, Hornsby Shine at 2013 U.S. Sprint National Team Trials
April 24, 2013
The 2013 Team Trials marks the beginning of a new Olympic quadrennial, in which there will be some big shoes to fill. In senior women’s kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will get the first shot at replacing replace three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who retired after London to enter veterinary school. McElroy finished first in both the 200m and 500m finals before teaming up with her Oklahoma City Boathouse District training partner Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) to win the K2 500m distance.
Sept. 20, 2012
U.S. Athletes Paddle in Hungary, Italy