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Fabien Lefèvre (born 18 June 1982)[1] is a French slalom canoeist who has competed at the international level since 1998]. As a permanent resident of the United States, he has competed for his country of residence since 2013. He represented France until 2011. He won two medals at the Summer Olympics in the K1 event with a silver in 2008 and a bronze in 2004.[2] He has a son called Noe Lefèvre.

Fabien Lefèvre
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Lefèvre in 2005
Personal information
Born18 June 1982 (1982-06-18) (age 37)
Orléans, France

Lefèvre also won fourteen medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with seven golds (C1: 2014, K1: 2002, 2003; C2 team: 2010, 2011; K1 team: 2005, 2006), five silvers (C2: 2010, 2011; K1: 2005, K1 team: 2010, 2011), and two bronzes (K1 team: 2002, K1: 2011).[3]

He is the overall World Cup champion in the K1 class from 2002. He also won two bronze medals at the European Championships in the K1 team event.[3]


Fabien Lefevre began kayaking at the age of 5. At the age of 20, he won the K1 event at the 2002 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. He backed up this result by winning the 2002 World Cup title. One year later he was able to defend the K1 world title in Augsburg.

These victories made him the favorite for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. However, he was only able to capture bronze after touching a gate in both semifinal and final run. He recorded the fastest running time but the 4 penalty seconds pushed him down to third.

At the 2005 World Championships in Penrith, New South Wales he won a silver medal in the K1 event, losing only to Fabian Dörfler. He won the K1 team title, however, together with Benoît Peschier and Julien Billaut. He won the K1 team gold again in 2006, this time joined by Julien Billaut and Boris Neveu. He finished 5th in the individual event in 2006 in a race where two winners were declared by the ICF jury (Julien Billaut and Stefano Cipressi).

In 2007 a serious wrist injury prevented him from taking part at the World Championships in Foz do Iguaçu, won by his compatriot Sébastien Combot.

He regained his place in the French team in 2008 and won the selection for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by defeating the reigning Olympic champion Benoît Peschier at the French trials. Lefèvre was third after the semifinal run and improved to silver medal position in the final. Benjamin Boukpeti, a friend of Lefèvre, won the first Olympic medal for Togo with a bronze, while Alexander Grimm took gold.

In late 2008, inspired by Michael Phelps, he decided to take up the double canoe discipline (C2) together with Denis Gargaud Chanut, while continuing to race in single kayak (K1) with the ambition to appear in both categories at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lefèvre failed to medal at the 2009 World Championships in La Seu d'Urgell in either category though. The extreme fatigue he felt after the races made him doubt his project.

However, he continued in both categories in 2010 and ended the year with a silver medal in the C2 event at the World Championships in Tacen. He also added a gold medal in the C2 team event and a silver in the K1 team event. A year later at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava he made history by becoming the first slalom canoeist since Charles Dussuet in 1953 to win 4 medals at the same Championships.

The success, however, was followed by a disappointment in 2012 after failing to qualify for the Olympics in London in either category.

Nonetheless, after 2012, Fabien moved to the United States and began competing as an American Canoe Slalom Athlete. Fabien began training with the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center (a U.S. Olympic Center of Excellence). Subsequently, at the 2014 World Championship in Deep Creek Lake, he won the gold medal in C1, becoming the first male slalom canoeist to win the World Championship title in C1 and K1.

World Cup individual podiumsEdit

Season Date Venue Position Event
2001 9 Sep 2001 Wausau 2nd K1
2002 20 Jul 2002 Augsburg 1st K1
4 Aug 2002 Prague 1st K1
15 Sep 2002 Tibagi 2nd K1
2003 6 Jul 2003 La Seu d'Urgell 1st K1
31 Jul 2003 Bratislava 1st K1
2004 25 Apr 2004 Athens 1st K1
11 Jul 2004 Prague 1st K1
2005 10 Jul 2005 Athens 1st K1
2 Oct 2005 Penrith 2nd K11
2006 3 Jun 2006 Augsburg 3rd K1
2008 22 Jun 2008 Prague 1st K1
2009 28 Jun 2009 Pau 2nd C2
28 Jun 2009 Pau 3rd K1
2010 3 Jul 2010 Augsburg 2nd C2
2013 22 Jun 2013 Cardiff 3rd K1
1 World Championship counting for World Cup points


  1. ^ "Fabien Lefevre (USA)". Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Fabien Lefèvre". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Fabien LEFEVRE". Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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