Team USA’s Jamie Greubel, now competing in Sochi, Russia, games, earned her master’s in elementary education here.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Update: Jamie Greubel and teammate Aja Evans won the bronze medal. Read the CBS News coverage.This month, however, she’s pursuing Olympic Gold as a member of the TeamUSA bobsled/skeleton contingent in Sochi, Russia.
Greubel, 30, was a heptathlete during her undergraduate days at Cornell University and became a member of the U.S. bobsled team in 2009, first as a brakeman then as a driver on a two-woman sled.
A native of Newtown, Pa., Greubel as of last month was the points leader among U.S. women’s bobsled drivers, and is the second-ranked driver in the world. Greubel has won five World Cup medals in the sport. The U.S. women have won a medal in every Olympic Winter Games since the sport was introduced in 2012, according to the TeamUSA website.
Her first few experiences in the sled ignited her desire for Olympic competition, even while she was studying elementary education.
“I definitely knew that’s what I wanted to pursue when I was done with grad school,” said Greubel in a quote on the TeamUSA website.
“Jamie Greubel’s career path — in this case, literally an icy slide toward Olympic glory — builds on what we expect from our graduate students,” said Jonathon “Jack” Gillette, dean of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education, “determination, resilience and a desire to always improve.
“We are all pulling for her and admire her pursuit of a dream. This is an especially exciting time at Lesley.”
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