Where Are They Now?
For the 10th year of the Bethesda Magazine Extraordinary Teen Awards, we checked in with some past winners
2010 Extraordinary Teen
Then: Caroline Queen was an accomplished competitive kayaker who just missed a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. She was a straight-A student at Bullis School in Potomac and was interested in international relations and sports psychology.
Now: Queen went on to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “It was very cool to have an opportunity to compete at that level,” says Queen, 26, who lives in Washington, D.C. A miscalculation on the kayaking course brought her competition to an early end. Still, she says she relished the experience and isn’t ruling out jumping back into the sport for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Queen earned a degree in psychology from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and has worked for Marriott International since 2015. She is a program manager for its Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center in Bethesda, a management consulting firm that helps organizations improve customer service and employee engagement.
Queen says she didn’t want to flaunt her Olympic experience in college and have it define her, but over time she’s learned how to leverage and appreciate it. She says the discipline required for athletics has translated to the workplace and helped her develop new skills as a professional and to work as part of a team. She has shared her Olympic story with students at Bullis, Girl Scout troops and college sports teams, emphasizing themes of time management and integrity.