On January 27th, the official roster for Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics was announced. Included in that roster is former Heps heptathlon champion Jamie Greubel (Cor ’06), who will be piloting one of the women 2-person bobsleds.
Greubel began bobsledding during the 2007-08 bobsledding season when Ethan Albrecht-Carrie (Cor ’04), a former decathlete at Cornell who was on the bobsledding team at the time, convinced her to the try the sport.
“I have always been driven by my competitiveness and love for sports, and I knew that I was not satisfied with my athletic career ending after Cornell. This was an incredible opportunity to be able to train for the Olympics in a new sport that fit perfectly with my athletic background.” Greubel shared in an Olympic feature with Ezra Magazine.
Greubel has made a name for herself on the bobsledding. She was named as an alternate brakeman for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancover but did not get the chance to wear the Team USA Olympic uniform. A few years later, she transitioned to being a sled driver and is now one of the top American women drivers. In this winter’s World Cup circuit, as she medalled in five of the eight race stops, including her first World Cup gold medal earlier this month in Igls, Austria.
“I’m doing what I’m doing today because I love it, not because it’s easy and not because I’m making any money doing it,” she said in an interview with Doug Williams for a Team USA athlete feature. “The Olympics is the ultimate thing that you can compete in in sports. So for me, I wasn’t ready to stop until I reached the top.”
Team USA photo by Damian Battinelli