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Davidson Athlete Eyes London Olympics

This year's U.S. Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom will be held beginning Thursday at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. As many as five U.S. canoe and kayak athletes could qualify this week to compete at the Summer Games in London. One of those Olympic hopefuls is 20-year old Caroline Queen, a sophomore at Davidson College. She was last year's national champion in women's kayaking. Queen is from Maryland and learned to kayak on the Potomac River when she was nine years old. She credits her success to her parents, coaches, mentors, and a lot of hard work. Queen also says she has reached a high level of achievement in kayaking by "staying on top of a learning curve", paying attention, learning from the mistakes of others, and pushing herself "in a positive way". She currently trains at least five days a week at the Whitewater Center and also plays field hockey and lacrosse. The U.S. and Canadian Olympic Slalom trials will be held from 3 to 7 p-m Thursday through Saturday at the Whitewater Center in western Mecklenburg County.