Have you been watching the Olympics? (So fun, right?)
One of the things that I always find interesting for big events like this is learning who the homeschooled athletes are because, well, it’s just another way to get the word out about what a great option homeschooling is for some families. I mean, if you are a child athlete, homeschooling seems to be the way to go. You can fit schooling into your schedule between your workouts and trainings. (Makes sense to me. You?)
Check out these Olympic athletes who were homeschooled.
5 Homeschooling U.S. Winter Olympic Athletes
Shaun White: Snowboarding
Even if you aren’t a huge snowboarding fan, chances are you’ve heard about Shaun White. (It’s like he’s . . . everywhere.) He first started snowboarding at age 6. He was so good that just one short year later he already had sponsors! (He’s also a skateboarder, FYI.)
So that he could focus on his training, Shaun completed independent courses at home through a public school.
He was born in San Diego, California.[image source]
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Jamie Anderson : Snowboarding
Her mom has been very public about their homeschooling and famously said, “I didn’t push my kids to read or write I wanted them to be like children, playing outside, running and jumping and not sitting inside at a desk. They got to be free, building their bodies, protecting their spirits and minds, and not being pushed or pressured…There wasn’t a big push for them to read and write and do arithmetic. I wanted them to learn how to get along and let life be the teacher. Character-building was more important than academics.”
Hailey Langland : Snowboarding
Snowboarder Hailey Langland was born in San Clemente, California. She was 5 years old when she started snowboarding. She went to public school until 9th grade, and then transitioned to homeschooling.
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Arielle Gold : Snowboarding
Arielle Gold is from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and started snowboarding at age 7. She also has a brother (Taylor) who is a professional snowboarder. Arielle attended a K-12 online program at home in order to give her more time for training and also to make it easier when she traveled.
Nick Goepper : Freestyle Skiing
You can read more about U.S. Olympic athletes on their bios at TeamUSA.com.