From Austin to Australia, our Travel & Training recipients turn heads, create buzz and achieve at the highest levels every single day. Keep reading to learn how our athletes are making headlines around the globe, using our financial assistance to help fuel their dreams.
Travel & Training Recipient Elana Myers (2010) Wins Silver at World Champs
Bobsledder Elana Myers, a 2010 recipient of our Travel & Training Fund grant, took home silver on January 26 at the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Myers, a bronze medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, placed just behind 2010 Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada. After her race, Myers accepted a marriage proposal from long-time boyfriend Nic Taylor, a fellow member of the U.S. Bobsled Team.
Beth Newell, Travel & Training grantee (2011), named to Pan-Am Games Cycling Team
Oakland, Calif., resident Beth Newell, a 2011 Travel & Training grantee, was named to the U.S. Cycling Pan-American Games squad that will compete next month in Mexico City. Newell will be competing in the Team Pursuit event with fellow Americans Lauren Tamayo and Ruth Winder. She will also contest the women’s omnium, the event in which she earned bronze at the 2012 Pan-Am Games.
Grantee Julia Clukey (2011) Finishes Fifth With U.S. Luge Team at World Cup
A 2011 Travel & Training grantee, Julia Clukey, finished fifth with her luge team at the World Cup in Konigssee, Germany on January 7. Clukey, a 2010 Olympian, also finished sixth in women’s singles.
Jen French (2010) named 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Paralympic sailor Jen French was named the 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year on January 15. The London silver medalist in the two-person keelboat competition secured her team’s second-place finish in a fleet of 11 international teams. The prestigious honor’s selection panel noted that French was an exemplary representative of the USA at the Paralympic Games and throughout 2012 in the SKUD-18 class, which they described as extraordinary, well established and highly competitive.
Maggie Steffens, member of the U.S. Waterpolo Team (2010 Grantees), named FINA’s 2012 Athlete of the Year
Maggie Steffens, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and Olympic Games MVP, was named Best Female Water Polo Player of 2012 by the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA) on January 4. Steffens scored a record 21 goals at the 2012 Olympic Games en route to leading the U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team to their first ever Gold Medal. Currently a freshman at Stanford University, Steffens scored five goals in the Gold Medal match, an 8-5 victory over Spain. Her U.S. Water Polo team received a Travel & Training grant in 2010.
Rosie Brennan (2012 Travel & Training grantee) claims first U.S. Cross Country Ski title
Rosie Brennan, a winner of our 2012 Travel & Training grant, won her first-ever national championship om January 4 in Soldier Hallow, Utah, in the women’s 10k cross country ski event. The 24-year-old Dartmouth graduate, who took up her sport in the eighth grade, also claimed the bronze medal in the sprint event.