Fabien LeFevre (USA)

Fabien Lefevre (USA)

USUnited States
Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
18 June 1982
178 cm
70 kg
Marital status
Wife Audrey, two children
Washington, DC, USA
Athlete, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Real Estate Agent
English, French
Higher education
Sports Science - Sport University: Toulouse, FRA


General Interest

The Fevre, FKL, Fabulous Fab, Frenchie (Athlete, 08 Feb 2004; reuters.com, 27 May 2008; teamusa.org, 15 Aug 2015)
Playing guitar, discussing wine, playing sports with his son. (teamusa.org, 15 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2014 World Championship in Deep Creek Lake, MD, United States, and becoming the first person to win a world title in men's C1 and men's K1. (sudouest.fr, 21 Sep 2014)
He broke his wrist in February 2007 and was out of action for two months. (reuters.com, 27 May 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like to see myself as an artist on the water, working with it, moving smoothly, a pleasure to watch. Above all, I like to feel that I am taking people along in my wake, carrying them with me as they carry me." (canoe-kayak-jo-2012.com, 01 Sep 2011)
To win gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (teamusa.org, 15 Aug 2015)
Other information
He raced for France until 2012 when he moved to the United States, and joined the US programme in 2013. He cites family and sporting reason for his change of allegiance. "Two reasons led to this choice. The first family, the second is sports, of course. I wanted to start a new challenge in an environment and a totally different approach. I needed, mid-career, this breath of oxygen." (fabienlefevre.com, 2016; canoekayak.com, 16 Sep 2014; sudouest.fr, 07 Apr 2013; sudouest.fr, 21 Sep 2014)

He grew up competing in K1 and after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he decided to also compete in the C2 event. Making the switch from kayak to canoe was not without its difficulties. "It's a radical change that often makes me feel I'm going to fall into the water on the left of the boat where I can no longer brace. In the kayak, each stroke is the engine that drives you, each stroke counts. At first, in the canoe, I wanted to return to the attack all the time. Now I've learnt how to accelerate by braking, how to widen my line and how to anticipate ahead of each gate." After failing to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in either K1 or C2 he began competing in the C1 event. (canoe-kayak-jo-2012.com, 01 Sep 2011; fabienlefevre.com, 2016)

Working alongside osteopath Guillaume Caunegre, he has created a therapeutic training programme for elite athletes named Synergetics 2. (fabienlefevre.com, 2016)

He co-authored his own book entitled "The King of Slalomia." He co-authored alongside slalom coach and author Bill Endicott and the book explores his life and career. (fabienlefevre.com, 2016)

International Debut

Competing for

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age five-and-a-half on the Loire and Saludre rivers near Orleans, France. He first competed at age seven.
Why this sport?
"When I first started this sport at age five-and-a-half, it became clear very quickly that I had a natural disposition for it. I won the third competition I ever entered, and everybody thought there was some kind of timing error as I had beaten kids three years older than me. Above all I just seemed to know how to use the current of the water to propel me, rather than fight against it."
Club / Team
Potomac Whitewater Racing Center: Bethesda, MD, USA
Name of coach
Sylvan Poberaj; Rafal Smolen


World CupK13 August 20092009Men5
World CupC2Slovakia, Bratislava5 July 20092009Men271.9010
World CupK14 July 20102010Men33
World CupC24 July 20102010Men6
World CupK125 July 20042004Men5
World CupK16 July 20082008Men39
World CupK111 June 20062006Men15
World CupK124 July 20052005Men4
World CupC125 August 20132013Men13
World CupK113 August 20112011Men19
Olympic GamesK1China, Beijing12 August 20082008Men173.302Best result
Olympic GamesK1Greece, Athens20 August 20042004Men190.993Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men157.9910
World ChampionshipsC1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men106.821Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men128.024Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men171.5910
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men97.564Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men161.4629
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men181.9812
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men121.169
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men98.893Best result
World ChampionshipsC2Slovakia, Bratislava10 September 20112011Men107.492Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men111.832Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men127.271Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men96.9114
World ChampionshipsC2Slovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Men109.002Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men102.922Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamSlovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Men124.901Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men98.3511
World ChampionshipsC2Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men11
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men147.2710
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men8Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague5 August 20062006Men206.145Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague4 August 20062006Men223.511Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith2 October 20052005Men204.092Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustralia, Penrith3 October 20052005Men218.491Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg27 July 20032003Men197.881Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg27 July 20032003Men217.614Best result
World ChampionshipsK1France, Bourg-Saint-Maurice24 August 20022002Men184.891Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamFrance, Bourg-Saint-Maurice23 August 20022002Men218.253Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men143.849
European ChampionshipsC2Spain, La Seu d'Urgell11 June 20112011Men110.417
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men106.793Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men29
European ChampionshipsC2Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men105.625
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men215.727
European ChampionshipsK1England, Nottingham31 May 20092009Men142.4710
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men94.803Best result
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men158.684Best result
European ChampionshipsK1France, L'Argentière-la-Bessée2 July 20062006Men214.426
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamFrance, L'Argentière-la-Bessée1 July 20062006Men248.076
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava13 July 20022002Men115.327
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith, NSW26 February 20122012Men30
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC2Australia, Penrith, NSW26 February 20122012Men103.943Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Men40
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC2Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010MenDNS10
World CupK116 August 20152015Men119Latest result
World CupC116 August 20152015Men30Latest result
World CupK117 August 20142014Men23
World CupC117 August 20142014Men10
World CupK125 August 20132013Men5