Kate O’Brien - Canadian Bobsled Team

Categories: Overcoming
Date: 23 Dec 2014 09:27

Original post: August 23, 2013

Kate has faced adversity in sports her entire life. She injured her knee in high school and had three reconstructive surgeries before entering the world of bobsledding. She states, “bobsled tends to be a sport into which people join after being outstanding athletes in another sport ie. track and field, football, rugby, weightlifting etc. I was never one of those ‘outstanding athletes’.” Her doctor suggested she try skeleton. Following skeleton training one evening, a bobsledder asked her to brake for a new pilot. On her first run ever, she crashed about halfway down the hill. Kate remembers, “we slid down the rest of the way on our side, our heads scraped along the ice and the sled finally came to a halt. I got out with smile on my face and was ready to go again. That’s when I knew I found something I loved.” 

Kate says, “one of my favorite quotes is ‘the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do’ and what motivates me most is adversity. I believe strength of mind and determination is what will push a gifted athlete to be the best in the world. To me, SAYiWON’T is a silent pledge, a quiet confidence that an individual has in him or herself. A promise that a person makes to oneself that goes beyond ‘I believe I can do it’ and elevates it to ‘I will do it’. Say I won’t... And I will.” When asked to describe herself in one word, Kate replied “determined”. SAY i WON’T!


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