Kenny Kasperbauer - ACA



Kenny Kasperbauer

Hometown Gig Harbor, Washington
Events Sprint Canoe
Years On Team 11 (since 2013)
Club Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team
Born 02/12/1998
Schools/Work School: University of Washington '20 , , Work: Deloitte - Risk & Financial Advisory
Hobbies Hiking , fishing and cooking

““Nothing easy was ever worth doing.”

3 Things You Didn't Know About Kenny

  1. Kenny began canoeing at the age of 13.
  2. When Kenny is back home from training camps, he enjoys hiking the Olympic Mountain range (Washington State).
  1. As much as he is an athlete, Kenny is also a huge fan of watching other Olympic sports like Olympic Weightlifting or Track & Field.


  • World Championships

    2019 U23 World Championships: C1 200m (16th), C2 500m (14th)

    2016 Junior World Championships: C1 200m (injury)

    2015 Junior World Championships: C2 1000m (18th)
  • World Cups

    2020 Sprint World Cup: C1 200m A-Final (9th)

    2021 Sprint World Cup 1: C1 500m (20th), Mixed C2 200m (5th)
  • Other Results

    American Record Holder for the C1 200m in Junior, Under-23, and Senior categories 
  • U.S. Team Trials

    2021 Olympic Trials: Gold medal in the C2 1000m

    2016 Olympic Trials: 6th in C1 200m
  • USA National Championships

    4x National Champion in the Senior C1 200m, 21 National Championship Gold Medals, 52 Total Medals

More About Kenny Kasperbauer

At the age of 17, I won my first Senior National Championship in the C1 200m and was later selected to compete at the 2016 Junior World Championships. However, I began experiencing unknown seizures and serious health issues that inhibited my life both on and off the water. With the uncertainty surrounding the problem, I was not allowed to compete at the Junior World Championships and instead had to stay home to be carefully monitored – something that was very challenging for me considering how hard I had worked to prepare for that World Championships. After 5 months of this uncertainty, it was found that I had life threatening tumor on my pancreas causing me to produce a dangerous of insulin and experience dangerously low blood sugars. After this diagnosis, I underwent surgery totaling 12+ hours. Since the surgery involved cutting through my abdominal wall in various incisions, I had to relearn many basic tasks including how to walk. Moreover, I was limited to lifting no more than 10 lbs for the span of the next 10 weeks – to which I lost 25lbs of muscle mass. The rehabilitation process was excruciating, as I had lost nearly all levels of strength and fitness. After roughly three years of consistent training, I finally regained and surpassed my previous levels of strength and fitness on the water. During this process, though, I set a goal for myself to break the American Record in the 200m event and make an A-Final at an international competition. Three months graduating college and 4 years after the surgery, I broke the American Record for the 200m in the Senior & Under-23 classes, and also made an A-Final at the 2020 World Cup.