From Russell to Rio

It was a dream that started at Russell High School more than a decade ago. A one time Kentucky high school star athlete, Chinwe Okoro now has her eyes set on the international stage.

In August she will compete for Nigeria in the discus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Okoro, who trains in South Point, Ohio, currently holds the Nigerian national record in the discus..

"Practice is getting better so, I'm hoping to improve," says Okoro. "We do a lot drilling and weight lifting to pick up speed and power. I think with more repetition, more practice and more coaching I'll be fine."

This will be her first Olympic games, but her coach has quite the Olympic resume. Rusty Smith coached 1996 Gold Medal winner Randy Barnes in the shot putt and he says it would be a dream come true if Okoro placed on the medal stand.

"When it happened to Randy, I'm a grown man but I cried my eyes out, and it'd be the same thing with her," explains Smith. "I know what she puts in, she doesn't have any sponsors, she does everything on her own, it'd be a dream come true."

The women's discus competition at the Olympics begins Monday August 15th and the victory ceremony will be the next day.



 
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