If you’re like me, you probably found yourself watching coverage of the Summer Olympics late into the night when it was airing (yes, I know I’m more than two months belated in posting this!).
I have to say the Summer Olympics this year proved to be even more exciting and rewarding for several of our friends at Capitol Rehab of Arlington. I would like to take a moment to honor and congratulate a few local athletes who competed at the highest level.
Samyr is probably most famously known as “Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s College Roommate at Harvard.” But Samyr’s accomplishments stand on their own. He completed his graduate degree at the University of Texas, then his Law degree at Georgetown all while reaching a ranking of 7th in the world in the triple jump. Competing for Haiti, he made the Finals in that event in these Olympics and is confident that he will be back to go even farther 4 years from now.
Ayanna is probably most famously known as “Samyr’s girlfriend”. (I’m just kidding, it was just too easy to go for the cheap laugh.) Ayanna competed collegiately at Louisiana Tech University. She is the Trinidad and Tobago national record holder and is the first and only athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to qualify in the triple jump for the Olympics. Her mark at the London Games was just short of her personal best, but for Ayanna, the best is yet to come.
While competing for Rutgers University, Julie earned All-American honors in Cross Country, set school records in the 3000m, 5000 m, and Distance Medley and was a Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year. She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics with a first place finish in the women’s 5000 m at the United States Olympic Trials. Julie surpassed even her own expectations by running a personal best in the opening rounds and qualifying for the finals. It was a perfect time for a breakthrough season!
Margot Shumway and Sara Trowbridge
Margot and Sara competed in the women’s double sculls and placed 6th in these Olympics. Margot began racing in her 4th year at Ohio State while Sara competed for the University of Michigan. This should serve as a lesson to everyone who thinks folks from Ohio State and Michigan can’t ever get along! Currently, they both represent the Potomac Boat Club and are coached by Matt Madigan. With rowing clearly in their blood, both women have aspirations of continuing to compete, coaching and bringing the sport of rowing to developing nations.
I just wanted to take a moment, albeit belatedly, to warmly congratulate all of our local athletes!