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Caroline Queen first began paddling slalom at Valley Mill Camp in her hometown of Darnestown, MD at the age of nine. In 2006, then 14-year-old Queen attended her first U.S. National team trials, when surprised the slalom community by winning Day 2 of the competition. The following year, Queen began training with National Team coach Silvan Poberaj. With help from both Poberaj and former team member Joe Jacobi, she became the youngest woman ever to make the U.S. National team. She was also first boat on the U.S. Junior team. 2008 brought a whole new challenge for the second year junior, a shot at the US Olympic spot. She was again third in the Senior class and first among the Juniors, but she would have to be number one to earn her trip to Beijing. Although Queen did not end up with the spot, she had her best result of that year in the Prague World Cup in June of 2008, finishing 19th. Queen did not race in the 2009 season due to a severe knee injury that prevented her from attending the 2009 Team Trials in Durango. But post-surgery and recovery, she rebounded well, earning the top K1W spot on the 2010 National Slalom Team. Fast forward to June 2012, Queen will represent the U.S. in women’s kayak at the London games this summer.

Photo credit: Brett Heyl

Blog Entries by Caroline Queen

Discovering the Meaning of 'Olympic Movement'

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 10:10 AM

From my perspective, national team athletes have two primarily responsibilities: to perform and to represent the country well.

Performing well on this channel will require a great good strength, smooth lines, and sharp focus. Our sport is at least 50 percent mental; engaging my mind is critical. Once the training...

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Life in the Olympic Village

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 6:31 PM

Life in the Olympic Village has been incredible! My typical day starts between 7 and 8 a.m. with the big decision of what to wear. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of 2012 Olympic team gear that is both comfortable and stylish.

Once I've donned USA from...

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After Arriving in London, I Reflect on My Journey

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:19 PM

I am finally here! After weeks of travel and anticipation, I'm in London paddling as part of Team U.S.A. The road to London was windy: three races over nine months, balancing racing with school, and advocating the sport through the media. My first post described the selection races themselves, but...

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Looking to the Past and the Future of My Sport

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Today begins the Junior and U23 World Championships in Wausau, Wisconsin! My fellow Olympic Team member Casey Eichfeld and I have chosen this race for our pre-Olympic event because races this high-caliber do not come across the ocean to North America too often. Both of us have enjoyed staying with...

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Gearing Up for the Olympics

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 12:16 PM

The two weeks at home flew by, but I made the most of visiting friends, family and my home training sites. Initially I took a few days easy, but then ramped up my physical training for a four-day high intensity block of flatwater training. This particular block focused on 30-second...

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How I Qualified for the Olympics

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 1:18 PM

I've made the Olympic team, yay! After a 10-month selection process of three races in three different countries, I can finally zero in my focus on the Olympic Games.

How did this happen?

After making the U.S. National Whitewater Slalom Team for the fourth time in April 2011, I earned...

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