A hop, skip, and a jump. An exceptional ability to do those three things in rapid succession, and over large distances, has made Samyr Laine ’06 an elite athlete. It made Laine an All-American in the triple jump in 2005, and it compelled him to defer a number of job offers from elite law firms after earning his J.D. from Georgetown.
Six years after graduating, it has landed Laine a spot in this summer’s Olympic Games. But despite his atheltics accomplishments heading into London, it is his story that makes him one of the media darlings of the upcoming Olympics.
On July 29, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. local time, Esther Lofgren ’07-’09 will realize an Olympic dream 28 years in the making. That is when the heats of the women’s eight rowing begin in the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London.
Lofgren's position on the eight is the pinnacle of a competitive career that began after her sophomore year in 2006 for the USA Under-23 team. But after taking time off of school to try-out for the Beijing Olympics in 2008—falling just short—Lofgren returned to school with an unsure future in rowing.