One of our Graduate Interns was a member of the U.S. Olympic Fencing team in 2004 and 2008!
Googler Olympian Spotlight: Erinn Smart

With the Olympics in full swing we’re talking to Googlers who have had the honor of participating in the Games. Erinn Smart was a member of the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Fencing team and now works as a Graduate Intern on our New Business Development team in Mountain View.

How did you first get involved in fencing?
When I was 11 years old, my father worked for Sports Illustrated and one of his colleagues mentioned that fencing was a great sport for college scholarships.  A few weeks later my brother and I were enrolled in our first fencing lesson and the rest is history.

What are your favorite memories from being at the Olympics?
My favorite memory, was watching my brother win a silver medal with his team in Beijing.  My brother fought his way back from an 8 point deficit against Russia by defeating the very same opponent that had beat him in Athens four years prior. To this day I can’t watch that match without being overcome with emotion.

What was it like transitioning from your athletic career into your business career?
The transition wasn't too difficult because I’ve always had to juggled fencing, school, and work.  The difficult part of the transition was not seeing my teammates and coaches everyday, because they were like family. Like any life transition, it’s what you make of it that matters.

What brought you to Google and what were you doing prior to your internship?
Prior to interning at Google I was at the Wharton School of Business where I’ve been focused on business and technology, my two newfound passions. My experience as an intern at Google this summer has helped to confirm for me that the next world class team I want to be on, is right here at Google.
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