Exclusive interview with the 18-year-old world champion in C-1 200m.
Nevin Harrison is an American sprint canoeist. She began canoeing at age 12 and competing for the USA at age 15. Now she’s 18 years old. At the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, she won gold in C-1 200m, becoming the first American to win a world championship in sprint canoe. She also competed at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and won C-1 200m.
Nevin, tell about the current situation. Where and how do you train?
Right now, I am training in Gainesville, Georgia with a few members on the national team and my coach. We are very lucky to have a house on the water, where we can paddle as much as we want and keep a relatively normal schedule. We have gym and we’re building another one at home so that we can train where we live.
Besides training I’m taking classes online, so I’m able to stay pretty busy during quarantine. I train 2-3 times per day still so mostly resting and school.
What are you going to do during this season?
The olympics are still scheduled for next year, so I will keep training as close normal as I can! I’m hoping for some racing this year to give me some more motivation.
Comment on the postponement of the 2020 Olympics. What does it mean to you?
Obviously, any athlete planning on competing in the games is upset, but I stand with the Olympic committee and their decision. It is devastating, but the world is not in a good position to host an event like the Olympics.
I am doing my best to stay motivated and continue training to my best ability. I am still young, so the extra year will hopefully benefit me!
I’m trying to look at the postponement as a positive thing, and I hope others see it that way too. Younger or newer athletes will have an extra year to try to qualify, which will make the field even more competitive.
So I’m doing everything I can to make the best out of this situation, and keep the olympics in my mind! I hope everyone is following quarantine guidelines and staying as safe as they possibly can! We will get through this!
Nevin Harrison сspecial for CanoeSport.