Career Highlights: Hurd's connection with C-2 slalom partner Jeff Larimer dates back quite a while, though they didn't begin competing together until the past few years. Each of them is making his first trip to the Olympics, a goal their fathers were unable to achieve while paddling the same boat. Mike Hurd and Mike Larimer raced together in the late 1980s and early 1990s but never represented their country at the Games. Mike Larimer narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 1992 Olympics before coaching the canoe/kayak team at the Atlanta Games. The younger Hurd-Larimer duo finished first at the Olympic team trials and won gold at this year's Pan Am Games. More recently, the pair placed ninth at the World Cup in June.