Hannah, who has been canoeing since age 12, is the US National Champion in the 200 and 500 meter events. She spent the last year preparing for the World Championships, under the supervision of her coach, former-Olympian Rafael Islamov. Her strict daily routine included weight lifting, running and paddling, on the canals of Florida during the winter and at the ACA's Camp Sebago on Lake Sebago, New York, in summer. During her training, Hannah followed her coach's low-carb diet and added thirty pounds of muscle, shedding ten pounds of fat in the process.