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From CALS to Pyeongchang

periodiCALS, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 2018

Breaking the Ice

From left to right: Rebecca Johnston ’12, Lauriane Rougeau ’13, Laura Fortino and Jillian Saulnier ’15. Photo: Candice Ward/Hockey Canada.

Four alumnae took home silver medals as members of the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team.

Rebecca Johnston ’12 became the first Cornellian to compete in three Olympic Winter games and is the sixth to compete in three or more Olympics. She has earned a medal at each—gold in 2010 and 2014; silver in 2018—tying her with Kevin Freeman ’64, who earned silver in equestrian in 1964, 1968 and 1972, for the most medals in school history.

A two-time Olympic medal winner, Laura Fortino started playing hockey at age three at the urging of her two older brothers. She was a three-time first-team All-American at Cornell, who as a freshman led all NCAA defensemen in scoring.

Lauriane Rougeau ’13, a two-time Olympic medal winner, holds the Cornell career record for best goal differential. Her 89 assists clock in at the tenth most in school history. 

Jillian Saulnier ’15 and teammate Blayre Turnbull were the first Nova Scotia natives to play on the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team.


On Track

Jamie Greubel Poser ’06 and Joshua Kirkpatrick ’10. Photos: Molly Choma and Patrick Shanahan.

After earning the bronze in bobsled for Team USA in Sochi in 2014, Jamie Greubel Poser ’06 finished in Pyeongchang in fifth place, only hundredths of a second from the podium. Jamie still holds a pair of Cornell track and field records in heptathlon and pentathlon.

In his Olympic debut with Team Canada, Joshua Kirkpatrick ’10 finished 12th in the four-man bobsled. At Cornell, he was a five-time Ivy League Heptagonal champion. He earned individual titles in the indoor pole vault in 2008, and two years later won titles in heptathlon, outdoor long jump and decathlon, while also leading his 4×100 relay team to victory.


Medal Count

If CALS were a country, our alumni and their four medals would have finished 18th in the medal count. 

  • 16 – Finland: 6 medals
  • 17 – Great Britain: 5 medals
  • 18 – CALS: 4 medals
  • Tied for 19 – Australia, Belarus and Slovakia: 3 medals