Rice University Kinesiology and Sport Management sophomore, Carson Crain (Hanszen '16), is meeting challenges and excelling both inside and outside of the classroom. Carson is training and competing in the RS-X Windsurfer in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. He is a member of the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider and the highest ranked American windsurfer in the world.
As a double-major in Sports Medicine and Sport Management, Carson balances his academics with a heavy competition and training schedule. He currently has a 3.9 GPA and would eventually like to work with elite athletes to help achieve their Olympic dreams. With the Summer Olympics only two years away, Crain will finish the spring semester and then take a leave of absence from Rice to concentrate on his Olympic goal.
"For most people, 2016 seems like a long time away, but for me, every minute counts. It is a long road to the 2016 Summer Games and the final US Olympic team will not be named until early in 2016. I have a plan in place that balances on the water training, competitions and physical training in order to maximize my results leading up to the Games," he explained.
Being a Rice student has allowed Carson to continue weekly training sessions on Galveston Bay after attending morning classes. Rice professors such as Kinesiology lecturer and nutritionist, Roberta Anding, M.S., R.D./L.D., C.D.E., C.S.S.D., have helped to shape Carson's campaign by providing valuable input to assist with his Olympic aspirations.
Support and encouragement from fellow students makes the journey to the Olympics truly rewarding. Please share Carson's journey by following him on Twitter @crainsailing, on Instagram @crainsailing, and on Facebook through his Crainsailing Olympic campaign page. For more information on his Olympic Campaign, go to his website:www.crainsailing.com.