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Otterbein alumna Karen Kirsop Beck ’84 volunteering at Winter Olympics

Otterbein alumna Karen Kirsop Beck ’84 volunteering at Winter Olympics


While many Americans watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from the comfort of their homes, alumna Karen Kirsop Beck ’84 will be in the thick of the action. She is volunteering at the Olympics from Feb. 9-25 and documenting her adventures. You can see all her updates on the Otterbein University Flickr page and get an inside look at this year’s games.

Beck applied to be a volunteer after she returned from volunteering at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

To be selected as a volunteer, she filled out a lengthy application, had an online interview with multiple people from different countries and completed intensive training at Yonsei University in South Korea.

Beck, a resident of Mt. Pleasant, SC, was a health and physical education teacher for 32 years before she retired from the Charleston County School District in 2016.

“Even though I’m not an athlete, volunteers are a very important part of the games,” she wrote.

Beck’s Olympic history does not begin with Rio. In 1976, she was taken to see her first Olympic Games in Montreal. Since then, she attended the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2014 games in London. It was after attending the London games that she applied to volunteer for the games in Rio.

“I am very honored to be able to support the United States and be part of the Olympic Games,” wrote Beck. “I truly believe in the Olympic spirit and the goodwill which is present during the games.”