Category: Georgetown Magazine, Spring 2021

Title:Cheer on a Hoya Olympian

Author: Camille Scarborough
Date Published: May 27, 2021

Team USA is starting to take shape for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (postponed from 2020). Be sure to tune in to the sailing events to cheer on Charlie Buckingham (C’11) as he competes in the One Person Dinghy discipline (Laser).

He will be building on his success in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he finished 11th overall, and the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he won the bronze. 

Buckingham shared that his fondest memory of Georgetown was the “sense of uncertainty and adventure” he felt as he started his first year. “I was pretty comfortable with my lifestyle in California and didn’t know what to expect coming to a different coast, culture, and environment. There was a period of adjustment but I eventually found my niche and came to love my time at Georgetown. I miss it a lot actually!”

His experience as a student-athlete at Georgetown prepared him for the rigors of the U.S. Sailing Team. “I was pretty relaxed in my approach to school and sailing during high school. Conversely, Georgetown challenged my abilities in the classroom and on the water considerably. Over the four years I learned how to work hard in ways that translated into better performances. These lessons and experiences inspired me to continue challenging myself in pursuit of Olympic gold.”

He is still close with his Georgetown coach, Michael Callahan (SFS’97). “His style of coaching brought a great sense of community to the team. Luckily technology and social media make staying in touch really easy, regardless of location.”

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