Olympic Profile: Caroline Queen, Elegant Team USA Canoeing and Kayaking Star

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Caroline Queen is a kayaking Olympic superstar that is making waves on her blog and at the 2012 London Games. Earlier in the year, she spoke with the GenConnect blog about her desires to, "put the sparkle back into outdoor sports." She says that her sport is not necessarily a "sexy sport," but she still likes to dress up. For this reason, girls should not be afraid that they are leaving their feminine side behind by joining Queen and getting involved with sports like kayaking.

Full Name: Caroline Queen

Nickname: "Bam Bam"

Birthday: March 5, 1992 (age 20)

Zodiac sign: Pisces

Height: 5'3"

Hometown: Darnestown, Md

Schools: Davidson College (psychology)

Olympics participated in: 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member, 2012 Slalom canoeing Women's K-1

Major sports titles attempts: 2008 Kayaking World Cup in Augsburg, Germany (19th), 2010 National Championships (2nd), 2011 ICF World Cup Standings (24th), 2011 World Cup 2 (18th), 2011 World Cup 3 918th), 2011 National Championships (1st), 2011 World Championships (37th), 2012 Australian Open (9th), 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (2nd), 2012 World Cup 1 (35th), 2012 U23 Junior World Championships (9th), 2012 ICF Slalom World Cup tour in Cardiff, England

Total Olympic medals: 0

Coach: Martin Nevaril (Valley Mill), Joe Jacobi (Olympic gold medal canoeist and the CEO of U.S. Canoe/Kayak), Martin Nevaril ( U.S. Junior Team coach) , Silvan Poberaj and Rafal Smolen

Affiliated Sports Clubs: Potomac Whitewater Racing Club, Camp Valley Mill in Germantown, Md., U.S. National Whitewater Center, U.S. Kayak National team

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Hobbies: field hockey, basketball, reading

Quote: "Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

Strongest Influences: athletes Rebecca Giddens and Sarah Leith; her parents

Media appearances: Queen has her own blog at the Huffington Post

Other facts about Caroline Queen: Queen told her Davidson College newspaper that she dreams of a, "future study abroad in an Arab-speaking country, and directly quotes, "It's the only region I'll probably never travel to for kayaking purposes." … Rebecca Giddens was the last Olympic medalist in the Canoeing event. … Queen began paddling at age 9 at summer camp. … She was the youngest woman to make the US Canoeing National Team at age 15. … Queen loves field hockey and plays for Davidson College's team. … She wants to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist.

Additional sources:

NBC Olympics

Team USA

NY Times Olympic Blog

Sports Illustrated

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Maryam Louise is a lifelong fan of outdoor water-based sports through her childhood experiences at Land Between the Lakes. She is currently profiling lesser-known and trending Olympians through her freelance work at Yahoo! and the European-based BettingTheOlympics.com.

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