Michal Smolen - ACA



Michal Smolen

Hometown Charlotte, North Carolina
Events MK-1 , Extreme Slalom
Years On Team 13 (since 2011)
Club Nantahala Racing Club
Born 09/13/1993
Schools/Work DeVry University
Hobbies Playing guitar , traveling and coaching

6 Things You Didn't Know about Michal Smolen

  1. Michal was born and raised in Krakow, Poland where he lived until he was 10 years old before moving to the United States. 
  2. Both of his parents were part of the Polish National Team - his father for kayaking and his mother for team handball, but both fell just short of the Games.
  3. Michal wanted to follow in his father's footsteps but was afraid of the water. To get over his fear, he decided to take up swimming. He eventually became more comfortable and decided to take up competitive swimming, and eventually gave kayaking another try.
  1. Michal was diagnosed with epilepsy after having a seizure in his sleep.
  2. Michal was the U.S. national champion in 2011, but was unable to race for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics because his citizenship had not passed yet. Once he became a U.S. citizen in 2013, he began racing with the U.S. national team.
  3. Michal currently resides in Paris, France.


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    Olympic Games

    2020 Tokyo Games (in 2021)
    5th MK1

    2016 Rio Games
    12th MK1

  • World Championships

    2015 World Championships, London, UK
    3rd MK1

    2014 U23 World Championships, Penrith, Australia
    1st MK1

  • World Cups

    5th MK1, Prague, Czech Republic
    7th MK1, Markkleeberg, Germany

    2nd MK1, Ivrea, Italy

    3rd MK1, Prague, Czech Republic

  • U.S. Team Trials

    2021 Charlotte, NC
    1st MK1

    2019 Oklahoma City, OK
    1st MK1
  • Other Results

    2015 Pan American Games, Toronto, Canada
    Gold Medalist MK1