How do you become the person you were meant to be when everything you were made to do is taken from you?
In 2016, Morolake Akinosun brought home Olympic gold for Team USA in the 4×100 Women’s Relay. She was ecstatic, but she also knew she wanted to make a change in her personal life. “I didn’t want to be the same college girl. I didn’t want to keep partying. I didn’t want to continue being that person, but I was also scared of feeling alone and not having anyone.”
In January of 2018, everything in her life came to a dramatic halt when she ruptured her achilles tendon, what doctors called a career-ending injury. She had always been the fast runner, the athlete, and she was comfortable with that identity.
“And then all of a sudden it was completely stripped away from me. And I didn’t know… who am I? But more than anything I was angry at God. I thought this is what I was supposed to be doing. And if this is what I’m supposed to be doing, then, like why did you take it away from me?”