2012 Male Paddler of the Year: Isaac Levinson
Age: 22 / Atlanta, Georgia
Known For: Bringing his slalom skills to creek races
This Year: 2011 Green Race champion, North America's top finisher in the inaugural AWP Whitewater World Series (No. 2 overall), Noccalula huck
What's Next: Run at the AWP crown, defending his title on the Green
Levinson, a Green Race podium fixture for the last few years, is making his run at a world title with a win at the 2012 AWP series' first stage, the Little White Race, with race partner Evan Garcia. At April's U.S. Olympic Team Trials, he finished ninth in the hyper-competitive K-1 class, also earning him a spot on the Under-23 national slalom team. As part of the three-man team to first run Alabama's Noccalula Falls at the end of 2011, Levinson will have a stacked schedule of race events around continuing to explore new whitewater runs.
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