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 of the U.S. Army (father) and a spunky teacher and talented seamstress and baker (mother). My childhood revolved around waffles, academics, swimming, fashion, art, and humor. My parents mandated that 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 was presented with the options of softball, soccer, or swimming. I loved to race and seemed to really suck at the other two options, so I chose swimming. After learning how to swim at the University of Virginia, we moved to Germany and lived in Heidelberg and divided Berlin. I attended 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 started twice-daily training and focused on breaststroke events as a member of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers swim club. We moved to Gainesville, Florida and at the age of 14 as a new member of the Florida Aquatics Swim Team, I placed fifth at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 meter breaststroke, jumping from being tied for 71st place in the country. It was then that I realized that the Olympic dream may actually be possible for me. I devoted a lot of time to training while also being enrolled in the demanding curriculum of the International Baccalaureate program in high school. 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). At the very least, 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. The abuse of children is also a big problem in Olympic sport. I raced against multiple children in systemic doping “regimes” who were being doped without their knowledge and/or consent. I have since learned of the personal stories of multiple athletes in Olympic sport who experienced the same thing. Mistreatment of children of any kind is antithetical to the purpose of sport. Sport exists in order to provide an opportunity for kids, young adults, and adults to take care of themselves, learn about themselves, express themselves, and represent their local and national communities. Sport is an outlet in which to excel mentally, emotionally, and, of course, physically.
If you are interested in more of what I have to say about doping, here are a few things that I have participated in over the past few years:
An interview with David Reider of Swimming World about the role of athletes in anti-doping efforts.
In addition to being passionate about protecting the Olympic spirit and kids in sport, I’m also passionate about the flora and fauna of the planet, human rights issues, healthcare, and art.
I’m delighted to be a member of:
The 2021 class of an erasmus masters degree program studying sport ethics.
Project Together’s Climate Action Challenge and Digital Optimism program of 2019.
Team Darfur, a group of Olympians raising awareness about genocide in Sudan.
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.