2016 Rio Olympic Games Recap

By Aaron Mann | Aug. 23, 2016, 11:12 a.m. (ET)

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games came and went with the US Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team posting some strong results across the board.

In the slalom events, all boats in all four categories advanced through to the semifinals for the first time since only each country was allowed one boat per Olympic discipline. Leading the charge was three-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld who made history as the first American to compete in two disciplines while also overcoming past Olympic disappointment. Eichfeld got things started in C1 where he advanced to his first career Olympic final on his way to an 7th place finish. In C2, Eichfeld and his partner Devin McEwan also earned a spot in the Olympic final where they went on to finish 10th. 

Michal Smolen, the 2015 World Championships bronze medalist, came to Rio with his eye on another podium in the K1 Men's category. After advancing through the heats, Smolen's Olympic dreams came to an end in the semifinal due to two touches he incurred on his run. In the end, Smolen would finish 13th overall at his first Olympic Games.

Making her first Olympic appearance, Ashley Nee turned some heads with a blazing run in the K1 Women's preliminary heats. After a strong start to her semifinal run, Nee ran into difficulties on the bottom half of the course, leaving her outside the cut for the final in 14th place.

In the sprint events, veteran Maggie Hogan, the lone representative for the United States in the event, took to the water in both the K1 Women's 200m and 500m distances. Beginning in the 200m, Hogan made a push but was unable to advance after finishing 7th in her heat. In her primary Olympic distance, Hogan pressed hard in her initial heat but narrowly missed advancing to her first Olympic semifinal when she finished 6th.

Congratulations to the USA Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team on their performances!