Biography:

Standing under six feet tall, Lisa Roman has always had to overcome the fact that she was relatively short to be a rower. But she hasn’t let that deter her from her Olympic dream that was sparked when she made the national U23 team and won gold with the eight at the 2011 U23 World Championships. Roman began competing internationally as a senior in 2013 and has stood on three straight world championship podiums with the eight, winning silver in 2014 to go with bronze medals in 2013 and 2015. Until a fourth place finish at the 2016 regatta in Lucerne, she had also reached the podium at every World Cup event at which she had competed with the eight. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, the eight advanced to the A final, finishing fifth.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Michael and Elizabeth Roman… Older twin siblings Bryan and Blair… Getting into the Sport: Started rowing at age 18 because she wanted to try something new… Outside Interests: Graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in human development and sports management… Enjoys spending time with her dog, hunting/shooting, biking… Off the water spends time working with an autistic teenager… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Don’t count the days, make the days count… Had been a competitive figure skater for 14 years and a dancer for eight years…