In his Olympic debut, kayaker Ryan Cochrane earned a seventh place finish in the men’s K-2 200m with partner Hugues Fournel. The pair also finished in 12th place in the K-2 1000m on the water at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Games.
Earlier in the year, Fournel and Cochrane won two bronze medals on the World Cup circuit and produced an upset at the national team trials when they defeated veterans Richard Dober Jr. and Andrew Willows in the K-2 200m to earn the Canadian Olympic berth.
In 2011, Cochrane and Fournel won gold at the Pan American Games in Mexico in the K-2 200m event.
Cochrane began paddling as a seven–year–old at the Pisiquid club in Windsor, ON and earned his first international accolades as a junior with two bronze medals in 1,000m crew boat races at the Pan Am championships in 2000.