SUU Alumn Kristi Koplin on U.S. Women's Bobsled National Team
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah – Nov. 12 – Southern Utah track and field alumna Kristi Koplin continues her athletic career as a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Women’s Bobsled National Team. Competing as a brakeman, Koplin will race with the national team in hopes of being chosen for the U.S. Olympic team to compete at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
Koplin competed as a thrower for the Thunderbird track and field program and still holds the all-time school record in the hammer (196-7) and second-place records in the discus (165-1) and weight throw (57-2). She earned several all-conference citations and, in 2010, advanced to the NCAA National Championship, where she finished 12th in the hammer throw.
Graduating from SUU in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the Cedar City native was soon introduced to the sport of bobsled and began competing in the fall of the same year. Competing at the North American Cup, she earned seven gold medals during the 2012-13 season alone.
Koplin also participated in the ROTC while studying at Southern Utah and is currently a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.