Conlin McCabe and Kai Langerfeld

Kai Langerfeld


Kai Langerfeld’s first experience with rowing came when he was 13 and his father York – who competed in rowing at Montreal 1976 –  took him out in a boat during an Olympians get-together. He thought it was the worst sport he ever tried. Fast forward a few years to when he was at the University of Victoria and decided to give it another go, this time with success. In his second year he was a double gold medallist at the 2010 Canadian University Championships in the eight and the coxed pair. A year later he added a bronze in the eight. 

Langerfeld went on to be a double silver medallist in the eight and the four at the 2011 Pan Am Games. After not making the Olympic team for London, he competed at the 2012 World Rowing Championships and won a bronze medal in the coxed pair. Coming back from a bulged disc in 2013,  Langerfeld was part of the four in 2014, winning his first World Cup medal, a bronze, in Lucerne and finishing fifth at the world championships. 

In 2015 he and the “True North Four” won another World Cup bronze medal in Varese, Italy and then narrowly missed the world championship podium with their fourth- place finish. In between he won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as a member of the four and the eight. Langerfeld became a second generation Olympian at Rio 2016 where he was a member of the four that advanced to the A final.

Langerfeld was the only member of that crew that competed in the four at the 2017 World Championships, finishing second in the B final. At the 2018 Worlds, he competed as a member of the eight that would finish second in the B final. For the 2019 season, Langerfeld was teamed with Conlin McCabe in the pair. They won bronze at their only World Cup appearance and went on to finish second in the B final at the 2019 World Championships, qualifying the boat for Canada for Tokyo 2020. In his second Olympic appearance, Langerfeld finished fourth in the A final of the men’s pair with McCabe, missing the podium by just half a second.

A Little More About Kai

Getting Started: Started rowing in 2009 when he was 21… While working at Costco he wanted to get back into team sports and thought of rowing because of his dad… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Victoria in 2012 with a degree in Social Sciences… Enjoys watching movies, listening to music… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives”… Nickname: Kaiser per… Favourite food: sushi…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Rio 2016RowingCoxless Four - Men6
Tokyo 2020RowingCoxless Pair - Men4

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 4th (M2-); 2016 – 6th (M4-)

World Rowing Championships: 2019 – 8th (M2-); 2018 – 8th (M8+); 2017 – 8th (M4-); 2015 – 4th (M4-); 2014 – 5th (M4-); 2012 – BRONZE (M2+)

Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD (M4-), GOLD (M8+); 2011 – SILVER (M8+), SILVER (M4-)