As today (February 9) kicks off the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we highlight two Garrison Forest Alumnae with Gold-medal connections to the Olympic Games!
Beth Botsford ‘96
While a student at Garrison Forest, Beth Botsford ’99, won two gold medals in the 1996 Summer Olympics: one in the individual 100-meter backstroke; and another as a member of the women’s relay team in the 400-meter medley. At the age of 14, Beth earned a spot as one of the youngest members on the US Olympic team by placing first in the 200m backstroke and second in the 100m backstroke at the Olympic trials.
Following her Olympic win, Beth won a total of six National Championships and broke the American and US Open records in the 200m Backstroke. She attended the University of Arizona where she was an NCAA Champion and 16-time All-American. She also served as the honorary head coach for the Special Olympics of Maryland and is a member of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. In 2017, she returned to the University of Arizona as Assistant Swim Coach.
Christa Riepe ‘91
Christa Riepe has worked as the US Ski Team Physiologist and is currently at the PyeongChang Olympics as part of the team working with US Olympic Skier Ted Ligety! Christa has toured with the men’s and women’s alpine ski teams for many years as an Athletic Trainer, providing physical therapy to skiers in order to manage ongoing problems. She was onsite with top athletes on the World Cup circuit, several World Championship events and four Winter Olympic Games, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the 2006 Torino Games, the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games. At the 2014 Games, Christa worked with the U.S. Freeski team to help Maddie Bowman and David Wise to bring home gold medals.
In a 2011 issue of SkiRacing Magazine, Christa said of her work: “Day-to-day life varied, but let’s say a typical training day I was out on the hill for training, running the start — essentially the link between the coaches and the athletes — inside for lunch, and then treatments usually started,” she says. “I typically saw everyone almost every day, but it could be for 10 minutes for a quick stretch if nothing was wrong or an hour or more if we were working on a specific injury or maintenance issue.”
Before she started her work training ski teams, Christa began her career as a licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC) working for a competitive high school football team in Massachusetts. She has also traveled with the U.S. Snowboard Cross and with Red Bull North America providing on site preparation and care for sponsored athletes at the company’s base and at events such as the X Games, U.S. Open of Surfing, and Big Air contests.