Name: Michal Smolen
Sport: American Canoe
Discipline(s): Canoe Slalom
Event(s): MK-1
Height: 5-11
Weight: 155
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
  • Two-time Olympian (2016, 2020)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  • Olympic Games Rio 2016 - 12th (Single Kayak MK-1)
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 is "Meesh"... Hobbies include mountain biking, climbing and playing the guitar...His dad, Rafal Smolen, was on the Polish National Team...Role Model is Campbell Walsh because he is what I call a "little beast".