Nikola Girke

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    Nikola Girke started sailing at the age of 9. Her passion for the sport quickly developed her into an avid racer. In the Laser 2 sailing class, Nikola was a three-time National Youth Sailing Champion, representing Canada at the 1995 Youth Worlds placing fifth and winning the Women's Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds. In 1999, Nikola went on to pursure her goals in windsurfing. While living on Maui, she trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association's World Cup Tour. The summer of 2001 was Nikola's first season in the 470 class sailboat and after a successful three year Olympic Campaign in the 470, Girke placed 13th at the Athens Olympic Games. In 2005, Nikola switched back to windsurfing, but this time to the Olympic RSX launching — yet completely different — Olympic campaign for Beijing 2008. A virtual rookie compared to her competitors, Nikola finished a respectable 17th place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games, which inspired her to continue her pursuit of bringing home an Olympic medal for Canada. With a 10th place at the 2012 World Championships, Nikola has qualified to be on the Canadian Olympic Team as the sole Canadian representative at the London 2012 Olympic Games in women's windsurfing. Nikola is now amongst only a few athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another and to have competed in two different events at the Olympic Games.