In 1996, Cameron Myler came to us looking for help. Despite her decade-long tenure on the U.S. National Luge Team and three Winter Olympic Games under her belt, Myler wasn’t able to cover the costs of her dedication to and love of her sport. So we stepped in and in ’96, awarded her a grant from our Travel & Training Fund. Myler went on to qualify for a fourth Winter Games in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, retiring shortly after. What has Myler been up to in the last 17 years? Read on for more.
Myler was introduced to luge when her parents volunteered during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Just five years later, she became the youngest-ever member of the U.S. National Luge team, where she remained until her retirement from luge in 1998. A four-time Winter Olympics Games qualifier, she earned her best finish of fifth in the women's singles event in Albertville at the 1992 and was elected by her teammates to carry the American flag during the opening ceremony of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
“I'm very proud of the fact that I was elected by my teammates to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer in 1994. Team USA selects the person they believe best embodies the Olympic Ideals, so it was an honor to be picked over other inspiring athletes. I'm proud that I was able to represent not just my sport, but all Americans as the team walked into the arena in Lillehammer,” Myler shared with Huffington Post in 2012 when asked about her proudest accomplishment.
By the end of her 13-year National Team run, Myler was a seven-time National Champion and a nine-time U.S. Luge Female Athlete of the Year. During her time on the U.S. National Team, Myler attended Dartmouth College from which she graduated cum laude in 1995.
Ready for a different challenge after her retirement from sport, Myler began law school at Boston College in 1998. She graduated in 2001, practicing in New York in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's Intellectual Property/Litigation Group before moving to Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, an entertainment and media law firm in New York City. How has her time in sports helped her become better in the boardroom?
“Athletes and active people are generally proactive, goal-oriented, and interested in being efficient with their time and challenging themselves on a daily basis. All of those qualities are useful — if not necessary — in a corporate environment,” she told Huffington Post.
Presently, Myler teaches International Sports Governance, Legal Issues in Sports and Amateur Sports Governance to graduate and undergraduate students in NYU's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. She is also active in Kids Play International, a nonprofit that uses sport to educate, inspire and empower underserved youth in countries around the world.