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For Isalys Quinones, Achieving the Olympic Dream Meant Balancing Passions

Aug 01, 2021   |   Los Angeles Times

Dartmouth Engineering alumna Isalys Quinones '19 Th'20 "had a choice," reports the Los Angeles Times. "She could chase her professional basketball dream, to be like her favorite players Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker, or work toward a career as an environmental engineer."

..."Her spot in two worlds — the business one and the basketball one — forced her to face questions not everyone playing basketball at these Olympics has to deal with...."

..."Quinones found her passion — engineering — after a [Dartmouth Engineering] class project involved designing a cardboard chair that could support a person. And on the court, her talent was undeniable, a big center with guard skills and smooth jumper. A six-inch growth spurt one summer gave her guard skills with a center's limbs.

"By her senior year at Dartmouth, she was averaging 14 points a game. Isalys was able to surprise her mom with a visit before Frances' successful surgery to treat breast cancer."

..."She graduated and then stayed another year to further study environmental engineering."

Link to source:

https://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/story/2021-08-01/isalys-quinones-puerto-rico-basketball-tokyo-olympics

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