Henrik Rummel's rowing career began in Pittsford. After growing up in Denmark and Sweden, Rummel joined the Pittsford rowing team.
"My mom signed me up without me really knowing. She signed me up with a neighborhood friend of mine from Brighton and after that I really liked it and I stuck with it."
After a successful high school career, he chose Harvard over Cal-Berkeley to continue his career.
"My mom kinda steered me towards that decision because she didn't want me to go so far away, and then it turned out she ended up leaving and going to Iraq."
His mother, Nina, was a Danish Army doctor while his father, Geoff, still works for Xerox. The company transferred the family to Pittsford.
"I'm very proud of his accomplishments. It's always fun to be a winner and he works very hard for it so I'm just very happy when he gets to that ultimate achievement. A lot of rowers work very hard and never get there,” Geoff said.
After winning the 2009 World Championships in pairs, Rummel worked at the eights and fours. He was one of five rowers competing for four spots in what is U.S. Men's Rowing's favorite boat.
“If I hadn't made the four, I would have had a good chance in the eight and if I hadn't made the eight, I had a chance in the two-man boat, which is a pretty strong event of mine as well so, it was kind of interesting because there was kind of a trickle-down effect,” Henrik said.
Rummel's team has been flying below the radar but he expects them to compete for a medal.
"That's kind of the downside of laying low is that we don't know for sure but you don't really need to. We'll find out soon enough exactly where we stand. We know what the times were that the boats were going last year and we know that that boat got fourth and we say, we're definitely faster than that this year, so we should assume we're fourth or better and that's our goal is to win a medal."