Olympic Medalist Addresses Vital Voices

Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK Jihee Huh, Lena Kennedy, Lauren Gibbs, Mike Eng and Beverley Morgan Sandoz attend the Executive Forum Luncheon for Vital Voices.
Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
Jihee Huh, Lena Kennedy, Lauren Gibbs, Mike Eng and Beverley
Morgan Sandoz attend the Executive Forum Luncheon for Vital Voices.

Winter Olympics Silver Medalist Lauren Gibbs, a graduate of Westridge School, was the keynote speaker for Vital Voices, which held its Executive Forum Luncheon last Friday at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena.Gibbs talked about her journey from high school to Brown University to corporate America before training for the two-woman bobsled event.
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Former Westridge Athlete Wins Olympic Silver

Photo courtesy USA Bobsled Former Westridge athlete Lauren Gibbs won a silver medal in the bobsled event at the Winter Olympics last week.
Photo courtesy USA Bobsled Former Westridge athlete Lauren Gibbs won a silver medal in the bobsled event at the Winter Olympics last week.

When Westridge School graduate Lauren Gibbs told her parents in 2010 she was thinking of leaving her sales manager position and six-figure salary to try out for the United States women’s bobsled team, her parents laughed.
“We all did,” her mother, Akila, said by phone from South Korea. “Even she said that it would make a great cocktail story.”
Four years later, Gibbs, 33, has much more than a cocktail story. She has a silver medal.
She teamed up with decorated Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor and took second last week in the women’s bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The American duo finished .07 seconds behind gold medalists Mariana Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz of Germany, who won the four-run race with a time of 3 minutes, 22.45 seconds.
“Sharing an Olympic medal with Elana is pretty special,” Gibbs told NBC. “This is her third and my first, so it’s unreal. She’s a legend in this sport, and I’m just honored to be part of her journey.”
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Westridge Grads Return for College Conversations

Photo courtesy Westridge School Rebecca Wang, Sarah Binns, Christie Huang, Ella Prebel-Jackert, Vivienne Li, Alexandra Langer and Anabel Shuckhart
Photo courtesy Westridge School
Rebecca Wang, Sarah Binns, Christie Huang, Ella Prebel-Jackert, Vivienne Li, Alexandra Langer and Anabel Shuckhart

Westridge School graduates from the class of 2017 (as well as one student from the class of 2013) recently kicked off the school’s Homecoming festivities with the seventh annual College Conversations luncheon for the senior class. The event’s series of individual speakers and panel discussions provided an opportunity for current students to hear firsthand about the experiences of alumnae, now on the other side of the college application process, in an effort to alleviate stress and pressure current seniors feel this time of year.