The American Canoeist Nevin Harrison Finally Gets Her Chance

As women’s canoeing makes its Olympic debut, the 19-year-old is ready to put the United States in the medal hunt in a sport at which the nation has not historically been good.

By Victor Mather

TOKYO — When Nevin Harrison first tried canoe racing at age 12, becoming an Olympian was not the first thing on her mind. Staying out of the water was.

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