Washington Episcopal School’s very first Olympic alumnus returned to school on Friday with a message for the students: âDream big, because I was like you.
Claire Collins helped propel the US women’s rowing team to seventh place in the women’s four this summer at the Tokyo Olympics.
She returned to her old elementary and middle school in Bethesda to talk about the importance of setting big goals, being a good teammate and friend, and having fun.
On Friday, she shared stories about her time at the Washington Episcopal and how her school career helped her prepare to “chase my dreams” at the Olympics. The tour was filmed and shared with Bethesda Beat.
From fifth to eighth grade at Washington Episcopal, Collins played football, basketball, and lacrosse, as well as violin and trumpet.
She attended Deerfield Academy High School in Massachusetts, where she was on the rowing, volleyball and swimming teams before going to Princeton University. In 2019, she obtained a license in economics.
Collins encouraged students to listen to their teachers, be kind to their classmates, and always be willing to try new things.
She said her favorite part of the Olympics was meeting people from all over the world and the food was âreally goodâ.
Collins said she is training for the 2024 Olympics.
âI don’t have a medal to show you, but I will have one in three years,â she said.
During a question-and-answer session, students asked Collins a plethora of questions, including whether she had ever wanted to quit (no), what Tokyo was like (hot), and how much workout she is doing. every day (about six to seven hours).
Washington Episcopal athletic director Bill Isola said no one was surprised to learn Collins will be making his way to the Olympics.
âOf course she went to the Olympics,â he said. “Where else would she be?” ”
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