Army twin sisters hope to represent US in 2020 Olympics
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published: August 31, 2016
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The journey of Caroline and Winrose Karunde began in a small village in Nyeri, Kenya. It has continued through Texas, into Germany, and will soon proceed through Washington. In that light, Tokyo doesn’t seem so far away to the two soldiers.
U.S. Army Sgt. Caroline Karunde, recently assigned to the Vilseck-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and her identical twin sister, Spc. Winrose Karunde, with the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, in Baumholder, are Kenyan-born Army medics with grand aspirations. They hope to represent the United States in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and they plan to help their struggling community in Kenya — the motivation that launched their running careers.
“When we grew up we wanted to be doctors or something to do with the health care profession so that one day we could go back and help people, because health care is not established back at home,” Caroline said. “Mothers still die when they give birth.”
Higher education was a luxury the Karunde family couldn’t afford, especially after the death of their father, John Karunde, soon after the twins graduated from high school. Caroline and Winrose knew that to get an education, they’d have to earn it on their own.