Name: Kara Kohler
Sport: Rowing
Event(s): Women's Single Sculls
Height: 6-2
DOB: 1/20/1991
Birthplace: Clayton, Calif.
Hometown: Clayton, Calif.
High School: Clayton Valley High School (Concord, Calif.)
College: University of California, Berkeley ‘14
Team/Club: USRowing Training Center – Princeton
Coach(es): Laurel Korholz, Tom Terhaar
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2020); one-time Olympic medalist (1 bronze)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, 9th (single sculls)
  • Olympic Games London 2012, bronze (quadruple sculls)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 3rd (single)
  • Years of participation: Four – 2011; Quadruple Sculls – 2013, 2017; Single Sculls – 2018, 2019
  • Medals: 2 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2011 (four)
  • Bronze – 2019 (single)
Other Career Highlights
  • Finished eighth in the quadruple sculls at 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II
  • Finished fourth in the quadruple sculls at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup I
  • Won gold in the four at the 2011 World Rowing Championships
  • Won gold in the eight at the 2011 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne
Personal: Competitive swimmer throughout high school, including the 2008 Janet Evans Grand Prix Swim Meet at USC and the 2008 Pacific Swimming North America Cup Challenge...During her senior year of high school, was encouraged by a family friend to look into rowing collegiately, which led her down the path to becoming a recruited walk-on at UC Berkeley...Was named the Pac-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010 and won Cal’s Most Promising Freshman Award...Was a four-time All-American...Named USRowing’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2019...Hobbies include adventures with her dog Luna, camping, swimming, road biking and cooking.