Things to know about Kayaker Casey Eichfeld

American slalom canoeist Casey Eichfeld was born on November 15, 1989, and he has been competing internationally since 2004. At the 2015 Pan American Games, he took home gold in both the single and double canoe events. Additionally, he competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, placing seventh (C1 – Men) and tenth (C2 – Men), as well as he is competing in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Casey Eichfeld qualifies for the Paris Olympics 2024

At age 34, Casey Eichfeld earned a spot in his fourth Olympic Games. He will compete in the men’s canoe slalom event in Paris. Previously, Eichfeld represented the United States at the Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics. He is set to become the second American athlete to participate in four Olympic rowing events after winning the men’s slalom competition at the trials.

Leibfarth recorded a kayak slalom time of 98.38 seconds on Saturday.

Eichfeld, from Charlotte, North Carolina, faced a tough battle for his Olympic spot despite his experience. The United States had only one available position in the men’s canoe slalom event. Eichfeld and Zachary Lokken, nicknamed “Bug,” exchanged leads throughout the weekend trials at Riversport OKC.

Lokken displayed a strong performance, recording a time of 87.58 seconds in the last run on Friday afternoon. For each competitor, two times from Montgomery, Alabama, combined with two times from Oklahoma City determined the sole qualifier. Eichfeld required a late surge.

He quickly navigated through the slalom gates with strength and accuracy, celebrating with a fist pump after finishing his last run without any penalty deductions. For Lokken, a couple of penalties proved costly during his final run.

“I love going out there and getting to do all of the different classes, because they’re each so different,” “I have a certain feeling that I associate with each, so to know that I’m going to get to have all three of those feelings in Paris is pretty special.”

Leibfarth said.

When Casey Eichfeld was born? Her High Education and Early Life

Casey Eichfeld was born on November 15, 1989, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. His parents are Steve and Kathy Eichfeld. He has one sister named Erin and one brother named Devon. Eichfeld’s height is 178 cm (5 feet 10 inches) and weight is 77 kg (170 pounds).

Eichfeld went to Key Stone High School and graduated in 2009. He is a member of the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center club and is coached by Rafal Smolen. His hobbies are mountain biking, swimming, and climbing, and he teaches paddling with the American Red Cross.

Casey with his family members
Image: Casey with his family members (Source: Casey’s Instagram)

Casey began paddling in whitewater rivers at age two and started slalom racing at age five. When he was eight years old, Casey became the youngest member of the National Slalom Cadet Team and the youngest solo competitor at the U.S. Whitewater Slalom National Championships.

At age 14, he competed in Europe as part of the National Junior Team. In June 2000, Paddler magazine recognized Casey as one of the “Paddlers of the Next Century.” The Sports Illustrated for Kids October 2000 Olympic issue listed Casey as a future “Olympic Hotshot.”

Casey Eichfeld is happily Married and has a Cute Daughter

Casey Eichfeld’s wife is Sarah Anderson. They got married on December 14, 2016. Eichfeld’s daughter is named Emilia.

Casey with his Wife Sarah Anderson and Their Daughter
Image: Casey with his Wife Sarah Anderson and Their Daughter (Source: Casey’s Instagram)

Eichfeld said that thinking about his two-year-old daughter Emilia gave him motivation and helped him keep things in perspective during his final run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Oklahoma City.

Casey represented at senior level for the first time in 2007

In 2007, Eichfeld competed in his first Senior International event at the 2007 World Cup 1.

In 2012, Eichfeld won 1st in C1 and 2nd in C2 with Devin McEwan at the 2012 U.S. National Championships. He placed 17th in U23 C1 at the 2012 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships. He was 6th in C1 and 13th in C2 at the 2012 World Cup No. 1.

In 2013, Eichfeld was 20th in C1, and 13th in C2 at World Cup No. 1. He won 1st in C1, and 1st in C2 at the U.S. Team Trials. At the World Championships, he was 32nd in C1, 23rd in C2. In the Final World Cup Rankings, he was 18th in C1, 20th in C2. At the World Cup Final, he was 17th in C1, 22nd in C2, and 5th in Team C1. At World Cup No. 4 he was 27th in C1, 14th in C2.

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In 2014, Eichfeld was 2nd in C1 and 1st in C2 with Devin McEwan at the U.S. Team Trials. He finished 9th in C1 and won Gold in Team C1 with Fabien Lefevre and Zach Lokken. He became the National Champion after winning the 2014 World Cup Final. At 2014 World Cup No 4 he was 15th in C1, 15th in C2 with Devin McEwan.

In 2015, Eichfeld won 1st in C2 with Devin McEwan at the 2015 U.S. Open, and 1st in C1. At the 2015 U.S. Trials, he won 1st in C1 and 1st in C2 with Devin. At the 2015 Pan American Games he won Gold in C1 and Gold in C2 with Devin.

How has Eichfeld represented the USA recently?

On September 10, 2016, Eichfeld won his first career medal at a major global competition when he earned Bronze in the C1 event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Final in Tacen, Slovenia.

In 2018, Casey Eichfeld took part in the World Championships in Rio, Brazil, where he placed 12th in the MC1 event.

In 2019, Eichfeld finished 4th in the MC1 event at the World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia. He secured 2nd place in the MC1 event at the U.S. Team Trials in Oklahoma City, OK.

In 2022, Casey Eichfeld competed in the USA Canoe Slalom National Team Trials and qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics in canoe/kayak events. He qualified in the canoe slalom, becoming the first American to qualify for four Olympics in slalom.

In 2023, Eichfeld earned a spot in his fourth Olympics by qualifying in the men’s canoe slalom for the 2024 Paris Olympics after racing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Oklahoma City. He also placed 16th in the C1 Team Men event and 19th in the C1 Men event.