Biography:

Nicole Hare made her World Cup debut at the second stop of the 2016 season in Lucerne and finished sixth in the pair B final with Hillary Janssens. It was a huge challenge to join the national team in the final year of an Olympic quadrennial and try to mold herself into the existing group, but she was met with nothing but support. Hare had previously represented Canada at three straight editions of the world U23 championships, finishing fifth with the eight in 2013 followed by bronze and silver medals with the four in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Hare’s first major success came in 2010 when she won the junior women’s double sculls at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with Ashley Vrielink. She went on to be a co-recipient of Rowing Canada’s Junior Female Sculler of the Year in 2012. During her freshman year at Washington State University in 2012-13, Hare competed in both the junior and varsity eight before moving to the varsity crew exclusively in 2013-14. That year she was named as a Second Team All-American and a National Scholar-Athlete by the College Rowing Coaches Association.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Lyle Hare and Pia Steinmuller… Older sister Danielle competed in field hockey for Syracuse University… Younger brother Karl… Getting into the Sport: Started rowing at age 12 and began competing in the prairie regatta circuit… Had no idea what to expect in the beginning so she wore a swimsuit to her first on-water practice… Rowing was “recreationally competitive” until high school… Outside Interests: On hiatus between third and fourth year studies at  Washington State University; will return after Rio 2016 to complete degree in Marketing and Management and a Certificate of Leadership… Odds and Ends: Lithuania’s Ieva Adomaviciute is a teammate at WSU and her role model for showing how to dig deep and do work she never thought was possible…  Always makes the same wish at 11:11… Always picks a pair of earrings to wear for the training sessions leading up to an important regatta and the race itself… Often travels with candy because “a craving for Fuzzy Peaches is inevitable”… Favourite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd…