By Chrös McDougall | July 25, 2019, 10 a.m. (ET)

Jamie Gruebel Poser stands for a portrait on April 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, Calif.

 

Jamie Greubel Poser, who retired last year as one of just three U.S. women’s bobsled pilots to own both Olympic and world championships medals, continues a tradition of top U.S. athletes going back to serve as Athlete Role Models for Youth Olympians.

Greubel Poser, a bronze medalist at the 2014 Olympics and 2017 world championships, was one of the first 13 Athlete Role Models selected for the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, the International Olympic Committee announced Thursday. Additional Athlete Role Models will be named ahead of the Games, which begin Jan. 9, 2020.

The Athlete Role Models, or ARMs, are selected by their respective international federations, and they serve as mentors to the 1,880 athletes competing at the Youth Olympic Games, sharing their experiences and taking part in educational activities and workshops.

Greubel Poser becomes the 15th U.S. athlete selected to serve as an ARM. 

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The program debuted at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, and U.S. athletes were first selected as ARMs for the Summer Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014, with Khatuna Lorig (archery), Dwight Phillips (track and field), Miles Chamley-Watson (fencing), Erin Cafaro (rowing) and Kendrick Farris (weightlifting) taking part.

Hannah Kearney (freestyle skiing), Ross Powers (snowboarding) and Molly Schaus (ice hockey) were among the 12 ARMs for the last Winter Youth Olympic Games, which took place in 2016 in Lillehammer.

Clarissa Chun (wrestling), Daryl Homer (fencing), Josh Levin (climbing), Danell Leyva (gymnastics), Moy Rivas (sport dancing) and Morghan King (weightlifting) were among the 54 ARMs at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

A two-time Olympian, Greubel Poser started her bobsled career as a push athlete but found most of her success after transitioning to the driver’s seat, teaming with Aja Evans to win the 2014 Olympic and 2017 world bronze medals, as well as the 2017 overall world cup title.

Greubel Poser retired from competition just prior to the last bobsled season to work as a teacher at an elementary school in Germany, the home country of her husband (and fellow Olympian) Christian Poser.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.