Disciplines: Slalom Kayak single (K1), Canoe single (C1), Canoe double - C2 (from 2009 to 2012)
World Championships Results for France
Family: married with 2 kids
Club: Potomac Whitewater Racing Club
Coaches: Sylvan Poberaj & Rafal Smolen
2013 U.S. Slalom Team Member
2008: Silver in K1 for France
2004 : Bronze in K1 for France
World Champion 2002 (K1) & 2003 (K1)
World Silver Medallist 2005 (K1), 2010 (C2) & 2011 (C2)
Bronze Medallist 2011 (K1)
World Champion 2005 (K1), 2006 (K1), 2010(C2), 2011(C2)
World Silver Medallist 2010 (K1), 2011 (K1)
Bronze Medallist 2002 (K1)
Results Results for USA:
2013 World Championships: 4th in K1, 29th in C1
2013 Final World Cup Series Rankings: 5th in K1, 13th in C1
2013 World Cup Final: 7th in K1, 15th in C1, SILVER in Team K1
2013 World Cup No. 4: 12th in K1, 4th in C1
2013 World Cup No. 3: 5th in K1, 27th in C1
2013 World Cup No. 2: 14th in K1, 22nd in C1
2013 World Cup No. 1: BRONZE in K1,
14th in C1
2013 U.S. Team Trials: 1st in K1, 2nd in C1
Fabien took to the water in 1989 at age seven. At 21, he was double World K1 Champion. Olympic Bronze and Silver followed..
Right after the 2008 Olympics, he hit on an innovative challenge. He would race in different classes. His decision opened a new door for his sport. The idea caught on, other athletes doubled up. The K1 or C1 "doubler" was born.
Fabien set his sights on an historic Olympic treble in London 2012. His target with fellow doubler and C2 partner was 3 medals. The duo won World Championship C2 silver in 2010. The duo won C2 silver again in 2011, Fabien took K1 bronze, his partner won the 2011 World C1 title... It was an historic World Championship treble, London 2012 beckoned. The adventure ended, abruptly, at the French Olympic trials.
After the 2012 Olympic trials, Fabien opened a new chapter in his carreer. The man who made his name in K1 is now racing in individual canoe (C1) as well. His aim is nothing less than Olympic gold in Rio 2016. It is the one major slalom title that has so far eluded him. His new project is a fresh start, in more ways than one. After 10 years with Team France, he is moving on. He, his wife and two kids are settling in Washington DC. Henceforth, it’s a project and a dream he shares with USA Canoe/Kayak!
Hobbies: play guitar, practise sports with my son
In the Community: try to spend time on the water with the kids from the club