Two-time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind is no stranger to athletic success. Her hard work and dedication has earned her many athletic honors and gold medals. For this success, as well as her diligence in the classroom, Lind is a role model to athletes, young women and her peers.
The Greensboro, N.C. native began rowing in high school at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, where she also played basketball. She rowed for Princeton University, excelling at her sport on and off of the water. She landed a spot in the varsity eight in her freshman year, and her boat continued to improve in each of Lind’s four years with the Tigers. In 2003, her varsity eight finished eighth in the NCAA Championship, then in fourth in the event in 2004. In 2005, the eight secured the silver medal in the NCAA Championship before winning gold in 2006, during her senior year.
Lind graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology.
During her senior year, Lind was recognized by Princeton University for her scholastic achievements, athletic success and sportsmanship. She was named the C. Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year by the Athletic Department, and the Carol P. Brown Senior Woman by her Princeton Women’s Rowing teammates.
In that same year, Lind won gold in the eight in the World Rowing Championships. She won gold in the race again in 2007.
As a junior member of USRowing, Lind made the 2008 U.S. Olympic team at the age of 26. After winning gold with the women’s eight in Beijing in 2008, Lind’s dedication to the team paid off. She continued to row with the record-setting women’s eight through the 2012 London Olympic Games.
With the gold medal in London, Lind became the first Princeton Tiger to win multiple Olympic gold medals.
In an NBC interview, Lind describes the second half of an ideal race by saying, “It’s really about overcoming any mental obstacles, your mind is saying stop, your mind is saying, ‘Oh it hurts too much,’ but you’re saying, ‘No.’ You slap your mind and you say, ‘No, no we’re going, we’re going now.'”
“And that’s when gold medals are made, it’s in that moment when you push past what you think is possible and you believe in the impossible and you go with your teammates,” says Lind.
Lind’s ambition extends past the water and onto the classroom. As her recognition at Princeton University indicates, Lind was an exceptional student. In 2010, she received her MBA from Rider University.
Lind’s professional and academic endeavors illustrate the depth of talent that lies in the 2012 U.S. women’s gold-medal-winning eight.