Former Western Michigan Star Heads to Sochi

A former volleyball star narrowly misses making the Olympic bobsled team, but she heads to Sochi anyways

Katie Eberling in action for Western Michigan University.
Western Michigan University Athletics
Katie Eberling in action for Western Michigan University.

Katie Eberling, holder of the career record for double-doubles at Western Michigan where she played on the outside from 2006-09, has left her volleyball days behind her. The 5'10" super-athlete took up bobsled after college with hopes of making the Sochi Olympics.

Usually, bobsled finds its multisport gems in the track and field pool, but Eberling, as a tall, fast, strong athlete who was named to the National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American list while at WMU, offered equal potential, something Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers recognized. Meyers sent Eberling a Facebook message in 2010, suggesting that the Chicago-native give the sport a try.

Unfortunately, Eberling failed to make the delegation that will compete in Russia, despite being the most decorated brakeman on the current national team and a reigning world silver medalist. Though understandably disappointed in not being named to the team, Eberling did take the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s offer to travel as a replacement athlete. While in Sochi, she’ll train with the U.S. delegation and be ready to step in if any of her teammates become ill or get injured.

Instead, track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams were chosen as the brakemen for the Olympic team in addition to top athlete in the position Aja Evans, who many expect to medal.

Originally published in April 2014

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