Before Kara Lynn Joyce walked among Olympians at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics, she walked among fellow students in the halls of Pioneer. Joyce is an accomplished international swimmer as well as an Olympic-level medalist. In Joyce’s Olympic career, she won four silver medals. Two were won in the 2004 Athens Olympics, and another two at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
After graduating from Pioneer, Joyce attended the University of Georgia until she graduated in 2007. While swimming for Georgia, Joyce set multiple national and NCAA records in several different events. In Georgia, she also claimed seven All-American titles from the NCAA. She was a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay that set the American, NCAA, and US Open records.
After graduating from Georgia, Joyce continued her training to ready herself for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She traveled all over the country training in different facilities with many different people, including swimming superstar Missy Franklin before the London 2012 Olympic games.
Joyce mentors young swimmers all over the country and during the 2012 Olympics she took on the responsibility of being an authoritative figure for the American swimming team. The team was rather young and looked up to her as she was a three-time returning Olympian with much more experience.
Joyce’s swimming career still continues today, sharing her wisdom with young aspiring athletes.