Gates alumna runs in Olympic trials

  • January 13, 2012
Gates alumna runs in Olympic trials

Amanda Scott competed in Houston Olympic trials on Saturday.

Gates alumna Amanda Scott took part in the he Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston at the weekend.

Amanda [2009] was one of around 150 of the 220 women to finish the trials. She said: “I felt an excruciating pain in my foot during the trials and I was so close to not finishing, but I knew I had people in Boulder, Virginia Beach, Tennessee, and England rooting for me.  It was all these people that kept me going.  Even though I jogged the last lap of the course I decided to take in all the sights and excitement so I could enjoy the experience.  Now I have an Olympic Marathon Trials Finishers Medal and I hope to have more of those in the future.”

Amanda, who has combined hours of training alongside her studies for many years, started running competitively at high school and did cross country as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University.

In 2009 she started an MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and competed the London Marathon in 2010. Her MPhil focused on biofuel combustion and gasification.

She then moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder to do her PhD on solar thermal biomass processing and then took a break to work at Crocs working on performance and recovery shoes which allows her to combine her two passions of running and chemical engineering.

Fellow alumna Hilary Levey Friedman has profiled Amanda on the BlogHer site.

Picture credit: xedos4 and www.freedigitalphotos.net.

 

Latest News

Gates Cambridge at the Cambridge Festival

Gates Cambridge Scholars will be speaking at the Cambridge Festival next month on a range of topics, from climate change social entrepreneurs to local currencies and AI. The Cambridge Festival  runs from 13th to 28th March and is teeming with hundreds of events, most of them free, which celebrate the rich research being done at the […]

First cohort of 2024 Gates Cambridge Scholars announced

Twenty-six of the most academically outstanding and socially committed US citizens have been selected to be part of the 2024 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge. The US Scholars-elect, who will take up their awards this October, are from a wide range of backgrounds. They come from 20 universities across the […]

What is education for?

Best-selling author Tara Westover [2009], researcher Aliya Khalid [2015] and Thabo Msibi [2009], Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are the guests in the second edition of the Gates Cambridge podcast – out today. So, now what? sees the three Gates Cambridge Scholars tackling the issue of what education […]

Why technology needs feminism

What is good technology? Is ‘good’ technology even possible? And how can feminism contribute towards it? Those questions and more are at the heart of a new book co-edited by Gates Cambridge Scholar Dr Kerry McInerney and based on the popular podcast series she co-hosts. The Good Robot: Why technology needs feminism gathers together the thoughts of leading […]