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Casey Eichfeld

  • Sport: Olympic Canoeing
  • Nation: United States of America
  • Discipline: Tandem slalom canoe (with Rick Powell)
  • DOB: Nov. 15, 1989
  • Height: 5-foot-10
  • Weight: 150 pounds
  • Hometown: Drums, Pa.
  • High School: Keystone National High School
  • Coach: Rafal Smolen
  • Career Highlights: Along with Powell, Eichfeld's boat finished second at the Olympic trials in the tandem slalom canoe, but they earned enough points to qualify for the Olympics after a 12th-place finish at the year's third World Cup event in Augsburg, Germany, in July. ... The duo finished the World Cup series ranked 14th overall. ... Eichfeld and Powell also won gold at the 2006 national championship and silver at the 2007 event, finishing 21st at the 2007 world championships. ... They have captured three gold medals in 2008 at American events, including the U.S. Open in Nantahala, N.C. ... Eichfeld has also won three junior gold medals internationally in the solo slalom canoe, finishing 10th in the event at the 2006 junior world championships.
  • Personal Notes: He and Powell have known each other through paddling since early childhood, and shared a tandem canoe as early as early as 1997. After years racing on their own, the duo reunited in 2006 to make an Olympic bid. ... Eichfeld, who paddles from the stern, has been canoeing since he was 18 months old and racing since age 5. ... Was the youngest-ever national slalom cadet team member. ... Is enrolled in the distance program at Keystone National High School so he can continue studying during his Olympic run.
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