: Slalom Double Canoe (C2)
: Stern, rear of boat
: Marietta, Ga.
: Atlanta, Ga.
: Georgia State
How He Qualified
: Consistency was key for Larimer, 31, and Eric Hurd
, 26, to emerge among a trio of U.S. doubles canoe boats with the lone Olympic slot. earned the Olympic boat quota slot in Men’s Slalom Kayak for the U.S. by winning Gold at the 2012 Pan American Championships in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil on March 10. Hurd and Larimer then earned points toward Olympic selection by finishing 1st at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Charlotte on April 14. Finally, the tandem clinched the spot for themselves with a 9th place finish at the 2012 World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales on June 10.
- 2012 U.S. National Championships: 1st in C2 with Eric Hurd, 3rd in C1
- 2012 World Cup No. 1: 9th in C2
- 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 1st in C2
- 2011 Pan American Championships: GOLD in C2
- 2011 World Championships: 32nd in C2
- 2011 National Championships: 2nd in C2
- 2006 World Championships: 18th in C1
Like Fathers, Like Sons
: Hurd, 26, and Larimer, 31, are both following in the wake of their paddling fathers, Mike Hurd and Mike Larimer. The elder Hurd and Larimer trained with each other on the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta. Mike Hurd was also a high school All-American basketball player. Mike Larimer narrowly missed out on paddling for Team USA at the 1992 Olympic Games, but he was able to coach the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Team at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. Surprisingly, their sons have only recently joined forces in doubles canoe. But the duo quickly established themselves as the best C-2 boat in North and South America with a Gold medal at the 2012 Pan American Championships.