Hi and thanks for stopping by! Here’s a bit about me, my athletic career, and causes I care about:
I grew up in Texas, Virginia, Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, Maryland, and Gainesville, Florida as the daughter of a JAG Corps Lieutenant Colonel in the Army (father) and a spunky teacher and artist (mother). My childhood revolved around wandering around outdoors, academics, sport, art, and humor. My parents insisted my brothers and I played at least one sport as a way to instill a focus on physical self-care. The options at the time were softball, soccer, ballet, and swimming. I took to swimming more naturally and I loved to race. After a few years, I began to get attached to the sport while competing in the European Forces Swim League representing the Heidelberg Sea Lions and the Berlin Barracudas. Back stateside, I continued on and focused on breaststroke events as a member of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers swim club. At 12, I moved to Gainesville, Florida and was happily immersed in a very sports-oriented environment while training at the facilities at the University of Florida. At the age of 14 at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials, I jumped from being tied for 71st place in the country in the 200 meter breastroke to placing 5th in the final race of the competition. At that point, I realized that the Olympic dream may actually be possible for me. I devoted as much time as possible to training while also being enrolled in the demanding curriculum of the International Baccalaureate program. I have a lot of great memories of racing, training, and sharing a lot of laughs with a bunch of older brother types. Here is a wikipedia entry about my time as a swimmer.
I'm delighted to be a member of:
The Art of the Olympians, a program of the Al Oerter Foundation. The Al Oerter Foundation supports sport and art programs in K-12 schools.
A member of the Global Gene Corp team aiming to diversify the world's bank of genetic data used for healthcare-focused research.
I’m passionate about carbon dioxide removal systems, safeguarding the flora and fauna of the planet, promoting health, and protecting the Olympic spirit.
Protecting the integrity of Olympic sport is near and dear to my heart. One of the biggest problems is doping (defined as using banned performance-enhancing drugs). I raced against multiple doping athletes during my reign as one of the world’s best medley swimmers. An important aspect of this problem is that doping programs often involve the doping of children. I competed against many child athletes who were being doped without their knowledge which was as upsetting as it was unfair. Could you imagine finding out years after your Olympic career that you had been doped and that you may face a multitude of health-related issues that typically result from the use of performance-enhancing drugs? Or that the health-related issues you already deal with are most likely caused by the drugs your coach or trainer told you were vitamins or herbs? I have met and known multiple athletes who are living this experience.
Many people need to work together to protect the Olympic movement. Check out these panels and interviews:
An interview with David Reider of Swimming World about the role of athletes in anti-doping efforts.
Thanks for stopping by! 👋🏼
Image credits - TOP: Black and white, warming up for a competition, USA Swimming. On the Atlanta 1996 Olympic podium: Doug Mills/Associated Press. BELOW: Me on stage, Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit. Me and Art of the Olympian members and WABN: my own.