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About Caroline Queen
Caroline Queen is a Slalom Kayak National Team member and 2012 Olympic hopeful.
Queen first began paddling slalom at Valley Mill Camp in her hometown of Darnestown, MD at the age of nine. She soon entered regular training in the summer of 2002, when she began working with the US Junior Team coach, Martin Nevaril. With Martin’s guidance, she blossomed as a young paddler. In 2006, then fourteen-year-old Queen attended her first US 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 US National team.
Queen, 20, earned the Olympic boat quota slot in Women’s Slalom Kayak for the U.S. by placing 37th at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia on September 9. Teammate Ashley Nee pulled even in Olympic selection points by winning the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Charlotte on April 14. The lone Olympic slot would go to whichever paddler finished higher at the 2012 World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales. Queen booked her ticket for London on June 9 with a 35th place finish, 1.06 seconds faster than Nee.
Queen is a sophomore at Davidson College in North Carolina, a short drive from the U.S. National Whitewater Center and site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Slalom Team Trials. She took the Spring 2012 semester off from school to focus on Olympic qualification. She plans to enroll in medical school after completing her undergraduate studies. She cross-trains as a member of the Davidson club field hockey team. She attempted to qualify for the 2008 Games at 16 years of age. Even now, she’s 13 years younger than Olympic teammate Scott Parsons.
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