Gunn grad making a sweeping statement at Winter Olympics
Joanne Reid set a handful of junior varsity girls track and field records while a student at Gunn High. More than 10 years later she’s a member of the United States Winter Olympics team as a biathlete, hoping to bring home the first American medal in the sport.
Reid, who graduated from Gunn in 2009, was named an Olympian in January, joining a family tradition.
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Reid, a seven-time All-American and NCAA champion cross-country skier while at Colorado, is the daughter of Olympic speedskater Beth Heiden and a niece of Eric Heiden, who earned five gold medals in speed skating at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.
Her mother was the all-around world speed skating champion in 1979, the 1980 world road cycling champ and won a bronze medal in speed skating at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
Eric Heiden set four Olympic records and a world best there. He was the only athlete in the history of speed skating to sweep five events in a single Olympics. Both Beth and Eric were on the cover of Time Magazine in 1980 in a preview edition to the Winter Games.
“I guess the Olympics are probably not meaningless to anyone, but if I said that I was part of a family legacy, I would say my family legacy leans more toward working for Apple,” Reid told NBC Sports. “That seems to be the majority holding right now.”
Reid turned to the biathlon in 2015, two years after winning her NCAA title, when she was the third-youngest Nordic female national champion.
“I made my biathlon debut two years and two months ago, and I am so honored that this biathlon family welcomed me with open arms,” Reid said on her Instagram account in January. “With a functioning, full heart, I am honored to receive a berth at the Olympic Games in 2018.”
The Biathlon will be contested February 10, 12, 14 and 22, and will be held at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.
At Gunn, Reid helped the Titans finish third in 2008 and 2007 at the Central Coast Section Championships in cross country, earning trips to the CIF State Meet.
She remains on Gunn’s junior varsity girls record list in several events. Reid remains 10th all-time in the 1,600 meters. She was second all-time when she was timed in 5:40.57 at the 2006 SCVAL finals.
She held the JV record at 3,200 meters at 12:10.05 and is still sixth.