Cristina Teuscher (1978– )
Columbia College 2000
"Any athlete will tell you that its about always raising the bar on yourself."
Olympic gold medalist, Cristina Teuscher is the greatest female athlete in the history of Columbia University. Her accomplishments are myriad, and her name is splashed across the Columbia record book (not to mention the Uris Pool walls). An Olympic gold medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (and bronze medalist at Sydney in 2000), Teuscher never lost an individual race while swimming for the Lions. She was the first female Ivy League swimmer to win an NCAA championship, and in 2000, Cristina was awarded the Honda-Broderick Cup, presented annually to the top woman collegiate athlete in the nation, the only Columbia woman ever so honored.
Submitted by Alex Oberweger, Columbia College 1992, Graduate School of Business 2001, who is solely responsible for the content.