Current Residence: Atlanta, Georgia Height: 6'0" School: Georgia Institute of Technology Club: Nantahala Racing Club
- 2012 U.S. National Championships: 4th
- 8th place at 2012 Oceania Open
- 4-time member of U.S. National Team (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
- 2009 U.S. National Champion
- 3rd in K-1 Team Race at 2003 Junior Pre-World Championships
- 2nd at 2010 U.S. National Team Trials
- 10th at 2009 World Series German Open
- 18th at 2006 World Cup Race #1 in Athens, Greece
- Honors: Recipient of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Georgia Tech G.F. Amelio Graduate Fellowship
- Job: Student, PhD in biomedical engineering
- Hobbies: Skiing, soccer, bicycling
President's Undergraduate Research Award Fall 2009 Bradley-Turner Servant Leadership funds Fall 2008-Present Senior Design Finalist, World Food Programme Supply Chain Optimization Fall, 2008 Georgia Tech Dean's Scholarship 2004 Georgia Tech President's Scholarship semifinalist 2004
Describe the circumstances of making your first National Team:
In 2006 I was not, in absolute terms, among the three fastest kayaks in the country. At the 2006 US Team Trial, however, I raced near my potential and some others did not race at theirs. As a result I was third and made the National Team
Describe the significance of representing your country:
The United States has institutions for supporting Olympic sports that differ greatly from their counterparts in much of the world; especially Europe, Canada, Russia and China. While athletes in those countries are supported by their national government we are left to find support for ourselves. In many cases this requires US athletes to have a second job to support their training. International success in this system, to me, is a statement of the American mentality; dedication and determination to reach the greatest of goals.
What non-canoe/kayak athlete do you most admire and why?
When I was a kid it was Joe Montana, now days I don't really have a hero. MJ was a great competitor if I had to choose.
Who do you look up to?
Both my parents, but especially my father. He has taught me so much, and there is plenty left. I simply hope that I can do as well for my children as they have done for me. I am lucky.
Most interesting fact(s) about you?
I'm a nerd, and an athlete.
If I wasn't paddling, I would be...
...doing schoolwork, skiing, playing soccer or sports in general, with friends, reading, watching films.
Sept. 10 Weekend Recap
Sept. 10, 2012
2012 Olympians return to the whitewater.
The Paddle and the Pipette
Aug. 21, 2012
“Our sport is analytical. You have to look at the water and look at the course and figure out the best way to do something.”
Spain Hosts the Final Stop on the Slalom World Cup Circuit
June 22, 2012
Jim Wade (Boise, Idaho) finished 22nd in the Men’s Kayak semifinal Saturday with a time of 97.43, +5.91 seconds behind the first place finisher in the round. Etienne Daille of France would go on to win in the final round.
2012 Slalom World Cup 2
June 14, 2012
Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.) closed out the Slalom World Cup No. 2 with a 28th place finish Sunday in the Women’s Kayak semifinal. Nee finished in 218.13, including penalties for two missed gates. Nee and the rest of Team USA will look to finish the World Cup circuit strong next weekend in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain.
Five 2012 U.S. Olympians Named in Wales
June 07, 2012
Add two more athletes and one final boat to the nominees for 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team. Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) reached the Men’s Double Canoe (C-2) Final Sunday, where they finished 9th.