How This North Carolina College Student Won England's Historic Cheese Roll Race

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Photo credit: Instagram/abby_lampe
Photo credit: Instagram/abby_lampe

North Carolina college student Abby Lampe was quite literally on a roll last weekend as she tumbled her way to victory at the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll in Gloucestershire, England. Lampe is the first American to ever win the women's portion of the historic race, which dates back to the early 1800s.

How did Lampe end up chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill in rural England? "I'm spending the summer in Spain, but I decided to go do the cheese race," Lampe shared during a post-race interview, adding that she'll be mailing the cheese she won to her parents.

Sports Illustrated reported that the 21-year-old, who just so happens to love obscure competitions, learned of the race years ago thanks to YouTube and social media. She went into the race as prepared as possible, testing out her tumbling abilities on a hill in North Carolina before later doing a test run on Cooper's Hill.

"I 100% prepared for it... So before I left the U.S., I rolled down a hill—I went to Dorothea Dix Park, which is a local park by Raleigh, and I rolled down some hills trying to figure out the best way to roll down a hill," she told Sports Illustrated. "And I thought it was fun and all, but like, in comparison to Cooper’s Hill, it was lightweight... Then after that, on Friday, I went to Gloucestershire, went to Cooper’s Hill and did a test run. I didn’t know what to expect at all. But that is not what I expected."

Lampe recently partnered with the apparel company Iconic Heroes on a commemorative t-shirt to raise money for a good cause. "All of the profits I earn will go to a charity of yall’s choosing. On my Instagram, you can vote by liking the comment of the charity’s name on the post," Lampe tweeted.

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