A member of Israel's swimming team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Rubinstein was scheduled to compete in five individual events (in two different strokes), although she only participated in three events. Hadar's first event was the 200-meter freestyle. She finished fifth in her preliminary heat with a time of 2:12.32, did not advance to the next round, and officially placed 26th. Hadar then swam in the 400-meter freestyle (won by Tiffany Cohen in an Olympic record) and again finished fifth in her preliminary heat with a time of 4:34.95. In that event she placed 21st overall.
Although scheduled to compete in the 800-meter freestyle (also won by Cohen in another Olympic record), Hadar skipped the race. She also did not participate in the 100-meter butterfly that was scheduled for the same day as the 800-meter freestyle. Two days later though, Rubinstein returned to the pool and swam in the 200-meter butterfly. In her heat, she finished sixth with a time of 2:22.78 to place 26th overall.
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