Council recognizes gold medal-winning Olympian from Del Mar

The Del Mar City Council honors Olympic gold medal winner Rachel Buehler.

By Claire Harlin

Del Mar native Rachel Buehler, also known as “the Buehldozer,” was honored with a proclamation on Aug. 20 by the Del Mar City Council for her Olympic gold medal-winning participation on the U.S. women’s national soccer team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Buehler, a Torrey Pines High School alumnus, also helped her team win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and a silver medal at the World Cup in 2010. Her recent feat was of a 2-1 victory over Japan in front of a crowd of more than 80,000 at the well-known Wembly Stadium.

“With all of Rachel’s athletic accomplishments on the soccer field her most noticeable quality is that of her heart,” read Mayor Carl Hilliard from the official proclamation. “Whether it is on the soccer field or in the classroom, or with neighbors or friends, what makes Rachel unique is the heart that she brings to all that she does.”

The proclamation continued, “Not only is she a tremendous athlete, she is also incredibly humble, kind and intelligent. She is the quintessential role model, and Del Mar is fortunate to have her as an ambassador for women’s soccer in the community.”