Caroline Queen first began paddling slalom at Valley Mill Camp (Darnestown, MD) at the age of nine. Former US Junior Team coach Martin Nevaril coached then fourteen-year-old Queen at her first US National team trials, when she surprised the slalom community by winning Day 2 of the competition. She now proudly races under the guidance of Silvan Poberaj and Rafal Smolen as a part of the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center.
The following year, Queen became the youngest woman ever to make the US National team with the help of Joe Jacobi. She was also first boat on the US Junior team. Queen has been a National Team member since 2007 save for the 2009 season when she missed the racing season due to an ACL tear.
2011 was Queen’s best summer yet, finishing in the top twenty in three of the four World Cups and the London Test event. She also managed to qualify the US Olympic berth at the 2011 World Championships.
When asked what she enjoys most about paddling, Queen says that slalom “is a great sport to grow up with. Slalom is a wonderful venue for learning self-challenge and intrinsic motivation.” Queen also says that she loves to travel, especially to her favorite courses, Eiskanal (Augsburg, Germany) and Lee Valley Whitewater Center (Broxbourne, UK).
Queen graduated from The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland in June of 2010. She currently attends Davidson College near Charlotte, North Carolina, anticipating graduation with a B.S. in Psychology in June 2014. When not paddling Caroline enjoys playing field hockey, hanging out with friends and family, and cheering on the Davidson Wildcats.
Spring/Early Summer 2012 Projected Schedule