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Rami Zur

Rami Zur

  • Sport: Olympic Canoeing
  • Nation: United States of America
  • Discipline: 1,000-meter solo men's flatwater sprint kayak
  • DOB: Feb. 23, 1977
  • Height: 5-foot-9
  • Weight: 170 pounds
  • Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • College: Southwestern College
  • Coach: Nathan Luce
  • Career Highlights: Two-time Olympian. ... Finished 10th in the 500-meter solo flatwater sprint kayak event at the 2004 Athens Games competing for the United States, after finishing 13th in the 1,000-meter two-man kayak racing for Israel in Sydney in 2000. ... Will be racing in a third different event in Beijing after securing his spot by winning the 1,000-meter solo event at the Pan American championships in Montreal in May. ... Earned a 5th-place finish at the 2007 world championships in the 500-meter solo event. ... Is an eight-time medalist in World Cup events, including two silver medals in 2007 in the 200-meter solo race and a gold in the 500-meter solo event in 2002. ... Earned a gold medal in the 1,000-meter two-man event at the 2004 Pan American championships.
  • Personal Notes: After being adopted by an Israeli family, Zur has dual citizenship in Israel and the U.S., which enabled him to switch teams after the Israeli Olympic Committee cut back his training. ... Was introduced to water sports by his father, who sailed on the Sea of Galilee. ... Served three years in the Israeli Defense Forces as a pharmaceutical technician. ... Has come all the way back after suffering a spinal injury in 2004.
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