UCSB Alumna Maureen Ajoku Pushing for Winter Olympics After Tragic Loss

There’s intensity in her eyes, her face as taut with determination as her body is with drive. When she explodes off the blocks and flies down the straightaway, a spectator hears only her feet, feels only her wind. Maureen Ajoku, 2012 sociology alumna, notched a UCSB long jump record her senior year on the track and field team. Now she’s a member of the USA National Bobsled Team, fighting for a spot in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Maureen Ajoku will need it all — strength, speed, focus and fearlessness — where she may soon be going: the 2014 Winter Olympics. … “Coming this far, with everything I’ve been through, to be in the place that I am now — it’s an amazing feeling,” said Ajoku, who is in Santa Barbara training at Westmont College through June, when she’ll return to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. more

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