Name: Michal Smolen
Sport: American Canoe
Discipline(s): Canoe Slalom
Event(s): K1 Men
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155lbs
DOB: 9/13/1993
Birthplace: Krakow, Poland
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
College: Belmont Abbey College
Team/Club: Nantahala Racing Club
Coach(es): Rafal Smolen
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games: 12th in Single Kayak (K1)
World Championship Experience
  • 2015 World Championships: BRONZE
  • 2014 World Championships: 14th
  • 2014 U-23 World Championships: GOLD
  • 2013 World Championships: 39th
  • 2012 U-23 World Championships: 5th
Other Career Highlights
  • 2017 Oceania Championships: 1st
  • 2016 World Cup No. 5: 9th
  • 2016 World Cup No. 4: 10th
  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 1st in K1 and 2nd in C2 with Zach Lokken
  • 2015 Pan American Games: GOLD
  • 2014 World Cup No. 4: 12th
  • 2014 World Cup No. 3: BRONZE
  • 2013 World Cup Final: 39th, SILVER in Team K1
  • 2012 U.S. National Champion in K1
  • 2012 US Olympic Team Trials: 2nd
  • 2011 Vadja Teen Cup: FIRST overall
  • 2010 Junior World Championships: 4th
Personal: Nickname: "Meesh"...Occupation: Full-time athlete...Sponsors: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Galasport, Sandiline, PowerZone Trading...Hobbies: Mountain biking, climbing, playing the guitar...Quote: "Winning isn't everything, but making the effort to win is."...Getting started: My dad, Rafal Smolen, was on the Polish National Team....Role Model: Campbell Walsh because he is what I call a "little beast"