Alumni Feature: LHU Alumna Emma Randall ‘12 Helps USA Earn Historic Win at Rio Olympics

Emma RandallFollowing her time as an LHU undergraduate, Emma Randall ’12, secured an internship with USA Wrestling’s Women’s Freestyle National Team. The internship took place during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 

According to Randall, “Most of my time was spent on the mats wrestling with our athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and organizing the summer training and competitions.” After the internship, Randall took a position as the Assistant to the Women’s Program at USAW. 

In 2014 Randall earned her master’s degree in sport science with a concentration in sports psychology from LHU. For her, the decision to pursue a career in sport was easy. “I have always had a passion for sport, but I also knew at some point my own athletic career would come to an end. I needed to find a career that would keep me close to my passion for life.”

Most recently, Randall coached at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first female Gold Certified Coach for USA Wrestling. Randall had a hand in history at the recent Olympic Games when USA women’s wrestler, Helen Maroulis, won the first Olympic gold for U.S. women’s wrestling in what NBC commentators dubbed a, “stunning upset” over three-time defending gold medalist Saori Yoshida from Japan.