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Local Olympic Spotlight: Connecticut Native, Devin McEwan Follows Father’s Footsteps Competing in Canoe

Devin McEwan (front) and Casey Eichfeld (back).  (Chuck Burton | 2016 The Associated Press)

Devin McEwan (front) and Casey Eichfeld (back). (Chuck Burton | 2016 The Associated Press)


Connecticut native Devin McEwan is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps this summer, hoping to medal in canoe at the Olympics.

Along with teammate Casey Eichfeld, McEwan won the double’s canoe slalom at the U.S. Olympic Trials, making them the top pairing in the United States, and also potentially providing them with a bid to Rio. Their spot was made secure a few weeks afterwards when the Canoe Federation ruled that the Americans were allocated a boat in the race, making Devin the second Olympian in his family, after his father made it in the same event.

Devin actually debuted on the international stage with his father, Jamie, now deceased, in C2 races in 2001. Jamie was a two-time Olympian, in 1972 when the event debuted, where he scored a bronze medal, and in 1992 when the event resumed after a hiatus. In short, Devin is a descendant of one of the greatest canoeists in the history of American racing.

The younger McEwan has been making a name for himself as of late, winning Pan-Am gold with partner Eichfeld in 2015. The two have been partners for five years now. They also took home gold at the Oceania Championships in 2014. However, those two competitions are by far their best finishes.

It’s unlikely that the opportunity to race in Rio will provide Eichfeld and McEwan with the chance to medal, meaning it’s unlikely that Devin will match his father’s success. While the team has greatly improved the past year and has become a force to be reckoned with on the international stage, they still aren’t ready to make the next step and contend for a medal.

The pair finished 23rd, 19th, and 38th, in the past three World Championships, which doesn’t bode well for them when it comes to making a name for themselves in the Olympics. Simply making the eight team field for the final will be quite the achievement for the still developing young canoeing team.

While his father is the Olympic medalist, it’s possible that the most famous person in the McEwan family is Devin’s mother, Sandra Boynton. Boynton is a celebrated author and illustrator of children’s books.


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Dan is a Staff Writer here at with a focus on Team USA and the Rio Olympics
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