Athlete Role Models

The International Olympic Committee selected three Americans to serve among its Athlete Role Models for the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. The ARMs will be accessible to the athletes in the Youth Olympic Village and during “Chat with Champions” sessions – a Q&A format to promote discussion with the young athletes. The ARMs will also lead a series of educational activities and workshops within the IOC’s Learn & Share Program that will focus on skills and professional development, Olympism and how to lead healthy lifestyles.

The 2020 Youth Olympic Games will mark the sixth installment of the ARM program following its successful debut at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

Alex Deibold, Snowboarding
Deibold is a Olympic bronze medalist in snowboardcross, finishing third at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. He began snowboarding at age 4, entering his first competition at age 8. He would go on to be named to the inaugural snowboardcross national team for the U.S. in 2004. A five-time world cup medalist, Deibold also enjoys golfing, climbing and mountain biking in the off-season. 

Tara Geraghty-Moats, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping 
Geraghty-Moats competes in ski jumping and Nordic combined. She won 10 of 11 Nordic combined Continental Cup events last season, claiming the overall title in only the second year of international competition for women. 

Though women’s Nordic combined is not an Olympic event, the sport that includes both cross-country skiing and ski jumping makes its Youth Olympic debut in Lausanne. Men’s Nordic combined has been an Olympic sport since 1924 and a Youth Olympic sport since the inaugural winter event in 2012 in Innsbruck. Geraghty-Moats has helped advocate for the sport’s inclusion on the 2021 world championships program.

Jamie Greubel Poser, Bobsled
Greubel Poser is a two-time Olympian, having competed at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018, claiming bronze in Sochi. After competing in heptathlon and pentathlon at Cornell University, Greubel Poser began bobsledding in 2007 and made the switch to driving after the Vancouver Games in 2010. She is one of just three U.S. women’s bobsled pilots to earn both Olympic and world championship medals, having earned a world bronze in 2017. Greubel Poser retired from the sport in 2018 but continues to be involved, including through the ARM program.

Hannah Kearney, Freestyle Skiing
One of the most successful moguls skiers ever, Kearney made her Olympic debut in 2006 and won a gold medal in 2010 before claiming a bronze medal in 2014. Before retiring in 2015, she also won three world titles and a record-tying 46 world cups. Kearney, who also was an ARM at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, will become the first U.S. athlete to have the role twice.