PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University volleyball alumna Lauren Gibbs '06 has earned a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team in the sport of bobsled, USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced on Saturday night.
Gibbs represents one of four female bobsledders named to Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February. Gibbs will make her Olympic debut at the PyeongChang Games.
A team captain for the Bears as a senior, Gibbs earned Second Team All-Ivy honors in 2004 and 2005 and ranks fourth all-time at Brown with 1,090 career kills. The Los Angeles, Calif., started for the Bears for three seasons and gained Academic All-Ivy accolades as a senior.
"I truly loved my time at Brown," Gibbs said. "Learning to navigate the complexities of being a student-athlete at an academically rigorous institution taught me time management and work ethic, which have served me well in business and in sport."
Gibbs latched onto the sport of bobsled through a friend at a cross-fit gym in Denver, Colo. After performing well at a combine in Colorado Springs, Colo., Gibbs secured an invitation to a weeklong push camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., in September 2014 where she finished the fastest out of 10 women.
Gibbs began bobsledding – and made her first national team – during the 2014-15 season. She has remained on the national team every year since, and her 11 World Cup medals are highlighted by a World Championship bronze with fellow Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor in the 2016 World Championships in Igls, Austria.
Forty women's athletes in 20 sleds are expected to compete for the Olympic title. The U.S. is one of four nations to qualify two sleds in women's bobsled.
The U.S. is the only nation to medal in every women's bobsled Olympic event since the discipline made its debut at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers won the inaugural women's bobsled race in 2002, and Flowers became the first African-American ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Games. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming continued the medal tradition by winning silver at the 2006 Torino Games, while Pac and Meyers Taylor claimed the bronze medal in 2010. Meyers Taylor etched her name in Olympic history again in 2014, claiming silver as a pilot with Lauryn Williams. Williams joined an exclusive club of only four other athletes to win medals in both the Winter and Summer Games, and the first American woman to accomplish the feat. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans finished third in 2014 to earn the fifth Olympic medal for the U.S. women's program to date.
The Olympic bobsled and skeleton events are held in a four-heat format over two days of racing with two heats on each day. The women's bobsled competition will take place from Feb. 20-21.
The PyeongChang Games kick off February 9 and will conclude February 25. Bobsled will be contested February 18-25, and competition will be held at the Olympic Sliding Centre in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.
Final selections to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to U.S. Olympic Committee approval; the full team will be announced at the end of January.