5 Things To Know About Caitlin Cahow

Caitlin Cahow is headed to her third Olympic games, this time as a delegate representing the U.S. during the closing ceremonies. Here are five things you should know about the out Olympian.

BY Keith Hutson

February 05 2014 7:00 AM ET

5. She freaked out when she met her own Olympic hero, Jackie Joyner-Kersey, at the Golden Globes' event with United for Equality in Sports and Entertainment. "She must have thought I was crazy," Cahow recounts. "I was growing up right during the Atlanta Olympics, and we all have our Olympic heroes, and she was mine during that time in my life. So when I got to meet her I was speechless! I think she thought I was odd. I just looked at her with such reverence. She was the fastest woman in the world for a while! There's just something about the profound effect that an Olympian can have on a country, or the world, and especially on the kids who aspire to achieve great things…I felt so ridiculous because the first thing I said to her was 'Oh my gosh, how did you keep your nails so long while you were running?' And I'm sure she's been asked that eight million times, but she just laughed, and she gave me this really charming response, and she was just so down to earth. It's so funny — even though I've been to the Olympics, when I meet other Olympians, I'm always a little awestruck because I admire them so much."

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