Natalie Dell, VA researcher and rower, wins Olympic bronze

Natalie Dell (left) and teammates Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe, and Adrienne Martelli compete to win the bronze medal in the women's quadruple sculls final A of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games (AFP PHOTO / NATACHA PISARENKONATACHA PISARENKO/AFP/GettyImages)
Natalie Dell (left) and teammates Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe, and Adrienne Martelli compete to win the bronze medal in the women's quadruple sculls final A of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games (AFP PHOTO / NATACHA PISARENKONATACHA PISARENKO/AFP/GettyImages)
U.S. rower Natalie Dell cries holding her bronze medal for the women’s rowing quadruple sculls in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Natalie Dell, a researcher at the Bedford VA Medical Center, won an Olympic bronze Wednesday as part of the quadruple scull team. The medal ended a longstanding US drought in the sport, National Public Radio reports.

The 27-year-old from Cambridge is a project coordinator for mental health studies focusing on depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Boston University.

A spokeswoman from the hospital, where Dell worked as a telecommuter while training in New Jersey, sent this comment from the Olympian Tuesday: “My job with the VA was the biggest determining factor in my rowing success. Although it seemed like a major disappointment to not be able to go directly to the national team after college, it ended up being a blessing in disguise. I would not have traded the three years I spent in Boston, obtaining a graduate degree, and discovering the VA… for anything.’’

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