“In rowing 2,000 meters in 10 minutes you’re not gonna decide the race in four or five strokes,” Haxton said. “You won’t decide it at the start, and more or less you can make a few mistakes along the way and probably have the same result. (Canoe) is not like that all. You really need to be urgent, get on the front end and just try to hang on at the finish, so it’s definitely a shift in attitude a little bit.”
Haxton competed in rowing in high school before complications from necrotizing fasciitis forced doctors to amputate his legs. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Ohio State in 2013 before graduating from Moritz three years later.