There has been a number of little Olympic tidbits – both good and bad – over the course of the last month that I figured it’s time to share.
We missed this last month, but we learned of another recent Ivy alumna who is aiming for the Rio de Janeiro. Columbia’s speed queen Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia ’14) is now training in Pheonix, Az. with hopes of making Team Nigeria. Check out her Olympics Dream video above. Thanks to Russell Dinkins for initially bringing this to my radar.
Ben True (Dartmouth ’08) could end up making history if he makes Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics next July. His wife, Sarah, is a triathlete who has already earned her spot on Team USA’s roster for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. If Ben makes it onto Team USA, they will be the first husband and wife to compete for Team USA in different sports in the same Summer Olympic Games. No pressure, Ben.
Last week, USA National Bobsled & Skeleton Federation announced the official 2015-16 USA Bobsled roster, which will play a roll in the 2018 Winter Olympics team selection in a few years. Two HepsNation members are included on the 23-person roster: 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser (Cornell ’06) and Evan Weinstock (Brown ’14). Poser will continue to be a pilot in the women’s two-person sleds. Weinstock was recruited to bobsledding as a pusher and is one of six rookies to make the men’s roster. The official Skeleton roster has yet to be announced, but Princeton alum and photo talent Nathan Crumpton is taking part in the selection races. The final selection races will be held on November 5th and 6th. UPDATE (11/8/15): The official USA Skeleton Team was announced over the weekend and Nathan has made the roster. He will be competing on the World Cup circuit this winter for the first time. The circuit begins later this month in Germany. Congrats to him as well!
In sad news, 24 Sata News published on Monday that Columbia alumna Lisa (Stublic) Nemec (Columbia ’06) has tested positive for doping from a September 2015 test. From our understanding of the Croatian news article (see rough Croatian-to-English translation here), the positive test came from an off-season sample that was collected about 10 days after Nemec competed in the Berlin Marathon. There is no word at this time on what substance she tested positive for. Nemec’s blood and urine samples that were collected from the Berlin Marathon were reportedly negative. Nemec’s camp has not released an official statement yet but will be reportedly speaking to a lawyer later this week. At the Berlin Marathon, Nemec ran 2:27:57 to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finishing seventh overall in the elite field. Nemec previously represented Croatia in the 2012 London Olympics in the same event. We first heard about the positive test through a Letsrun.com forum thread where there has been active discussion since yesterday afternoon on this topic.
UPDATE (3/31/16): the Washington Times has reported that Nemec has been given a 4 year ban for the doping positive from that October 2015 sample.