Dell, 27, a native of Clearville, Pa., who now resides in Silver Spring, Md., has a bachelor's degree from Penn State University, where she began her rowing career on the collegiate club level, according to a biography provided by the VA. She continued to row while earning a master's degree in public health from Boston University. Upon graduation, Dell was invited to train with the U.S. rowing training center in Princeton, N.J., which the VA accommodated by allowing her to work remotely.
Dell's work is in mental health research within the Centers for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, according to the VA statement. So maybe while she's in London, she can focus some research on exactly what was up with that opening ceremony. Was it some sort of coded message or just a cry for help? Cheerio and all that!