Former competitive rower and Olympic gold medalist Kathy Keeler ’78 speaks about realizing her career goals in an interview with Wesleyan University’s career center. For an Olympic special of their podcast, Careers by Design, she recounts being a member of the women’s eights team that took gold in rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
Keeler qualified for the U.S. Olympic rowing squad in 1980, was a member of the U.S. national rowing team in 1982, and, overall, was a member of four U.S. national rowing teams. As U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1996, she directed the U.S. women’s lightweight double to a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also a college coach at Smith College, among other institutions.
In the podcast Keeler––Wesleyan’s only graduate to win Olympic gold––reflects on how she chose to pursue rowing and how she kept at it throughout the years. Whatever career you choose, she says, it’s always a process.
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