Hi! Since I own my name domain, I thought I’d put up a snippet about me and my sports career, interests, and causes I care about. Thanks for stopping by!
I grew up in Texas, Virginia, Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, Maryland, and Gainesville, Florida as the daughter of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (father) and a spunky teacher and artist (mother). My childhood revolved around academics, sport, fashion, and art. I’m grateful that I grew up around a lot of humor and that my parents insisted my brothers and I played at least one sport seriously as a way to instill a focus on physical self-care. I was seven years old when I first started participating in sports and the options were softball, soccer, or swimming. I really loved to race, so swimming was the best fit. After a few years in Virginia, I began to attend competitions across Europe as a part of the the European Forces Swim League representing the Heidelberg Sea Lions and the Berlin Barracudas. Back stateside, I trained for breaststroke events as a member of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers swim club. At 12 years old, I moved to Gainesville, Florida and swam with the Florida Aquatic Swim Team at the aquatic 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. My proudest moment in my swimming career was setting a world record at the short course world championships in Palma de Mallorca in 1993. I have a lot of great memories of racing, overcoming challenges, and sharing a lot of laughs with a bunch of older brother types. Here is a wikipedia entry about my time as a swimmer.
The integrity of Olympic sport is near and dear to my heart. One of the biggest problems facing Olympic sport is doping (defined as using banned performance-enhancing drugs). I would love to see a world in which anti-doping rule violations carry the same expectations of consequence as violations of rules of play. I am one of many millions of people around the world who love the Olympic Games, so I hope the integrity of the Olympic ideals can be supported by as many avenues as possible.
Here are a few panels and interviews that I participated in:
An interview with David Reider of Swimming World about the role of athletes in anti-doping efforts.
I am passionate about safeguarding the flora and fauna of the planet, healthcare, protecting kids, and protecting the Olympic spirit. I’m delighted to be a member of:
Project Together’s Climate Action Challenge and Digital Optimism 2019 programs.
The Art of the Olympians, a program of the Al Oerter Foundation. AOTO is on a mission to support sport and art programs in K-12 schools.
The Global Gene Corp team aiming to diversify the world's bank of genetic data used for healthcare-focused research.
Image credits - Left Top of Page: In competition, Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport. On the Atlanta 1996 Olympic podium, Doug Mills/Associated Press. Talking about integrity in sport, Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit. Group of people, middle of page: photo by Hudson Hintze on Unsplash. Alps, bottom of page: Photo by Robert Heiser on Unsplash.