Emily Caruso, NU Class of 2000, was Norwich’s first female alum to compete in the Olympics. A psychology major from Fairfield, Conn., Caruso was a four-year All-American and 1998 NCAA individual air rifle champion. She competed in both the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the 10-meter air rifle category. Caruso has won four gold medals in USA National Shooting Championships and has competed in the world championship as a member of the US shooting team. She won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Caruso blazed the Olympic trail for NU’s female athletes. But a number of Norwich male alumni have also competed at or been involved with the Olympics. They include:
- Roger Flanders (NU 1922), who wrestled at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris
- Paul M. Martin (NU 1921), a member of the US pistol and rifle team who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam
- NU President Ernest N. Harmon, who attended Norwich briefly before transferring and graduating from West Point, competed in the pentathlon at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris
- I.D. White (NU 1922), who managed the US equestrian team at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.