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Ashley Nee, canoe slalom

Age: 27 (June 15, 1989)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Darnestown. Graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. Attends college at Maryland. First kayaked at Valley Mill Camp at Montgomery County. Trains at NRG’s Dickerson Whitewater Course.

Career highlights: Nee just edged out Dana Mann for the U.S. spot in the women’s single kayak competition this summer. The two each earned one first-place and one second-place finish in the two Olympic trials events in the spring, one in Oklahoma City and one in North Carolina, but Nee won the tiebreaker because her bronze medal at the 2015 Pan-American Games helped secure the U.S. spot in the race in Rio. … She has competed in each of the last three world championships, finishing 43rd, 38th and then 44th.

Did you know: Nee’s Olympics berth comes after two heartbreaking misses. In 2008, Nee had qualified for the Beijing Games, but she injured her shoulder in the test event and couldn’t compete. She tried again in 2012 but lost a tiebreaker to Caroline Queen. … The Dickerson Whitewater Course in Montgomery County, where Nee trains, is run through an NRG Energy plant. The water goes from the Potomac River to the plant in order to cool the generators, then back out to the river. … Before she trained for the Olympics, Nee used to be an EMT in Montgomery County.

Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun
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