Cornell Alum Jamie Greubel's Bobsledding Story

Published 02/14 2014 09:49AM

Updated 02/14 2014 10:44AM

Cornell University has five alumni in Sochi competing at the Winter Olympics. Four are on the Canadian women's hockey team. There's only one that dons the uniform of the United States, and that's Jamie Greubel, of the women's bobsled team.

Jamie Greubel's journey into the sport of bobsledding is actually a common tail. They often pull from the world of track and field, which was where the future Olympian excelled as a member of the Big Red.

Jamie's aunt and uncle reside in Corning, which also served as a quick getaway during the Cornell semesters.

While the tale maybe common, it doesn't mean it was an easy transition. But her perseverance paid off.

Jamie was even able to practice in Sochi last November, and as a driver, that familiarity can only help in the coming days. Practice and experience are vital when dealing with the simplicity that is the design of a bobsled.

Not all of Jamie’s family will be in attendance at Sochi, but Terri and her husband Warren have purchased every possible channel and media to watch the Olympics, no matter the time of day. If the Olympic bobsledder listens carefully, she may be able to hear the supports from the twin tiers, but she'll certainly be able to feel it.

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