Trowbridge Visits White House With U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams

Meets President Obama, Vice President Biden And First Lady

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale assistant women's crew coach Sarah Trowbridge had one last duty to perform as a 2012 Olympian last Friday, and it was quite memorable. Trowbridge was one of more than 400 members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that visited the White House, meeting with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and participating in a special reception on the South Lawn to celebrate and honor the team's success at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

"It was really special to be amongst the U.S. team and to have the President and First Lady address you as a group," said Trowbridge, a Guilford, Conn., native, who competed in the double sculls in London, finishing sixth with her partner Margot Shumway. "I was the recipient of one of President Obama's speeches and it was unlike any post race talk I've ever gotten. The whole event had a very welcoming and personal feel."

Trowbridge got to shake the President's hand and engage in a brief conversation.

"He asked me what sport I played and said that rowing was one of the most grueling sports out there," Trowbridge said. "He then asked me what my favorite part of the Games was, and I said having my family there for what was their first international race. Then I told him that my brother even came to cover this event as a video journalist for Politico. I pointed up to where my brother was, and the President waved to him."

After that she met Vice President Joe Biden and the First Lady.

"The Vice President was very friendly and commented on my firm handshake," Trowbridge said. "After I got a hug from Michelle, I told her that her kitchen garden was beautiful. She was thrilled I had gotten to see it. I said I had to sneak over there to get a peak, but the fall vegetables looked great.

"Overall they could not have been more inviting or easier to talk to. It was a moment I will never forget."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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