Featured athlete bio: Caroline Queen
Discipline: Slalom Kayak
College: Davidson College
Club: Potomac Whitewater Racing Club
2012 Olympic Nominee
Caroline 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. She was also first boat on the US 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. Currently, Queen trains on the Potomac River with Poberaj. Caroline uses Galasport paddles and boats.
When asked what she enjoys most about paddling, Queen says that slalom “is a great sport to grow up with. In addition to improving myself as an athlete, I’ve learned so much about life in general.” Queen also says that she loves to travel, especially to her favorite courses, Eiskanal (Augsburg, Germany) and Cunovo (Bratislava, Slovakia). When not paddling, Queen plays field hockey and lacrosse. She graduated from The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland in June of 2010. She will attend Davidson College in Charlotte, North Carolina beginning in Fall of 2010.