WILL TO WIN.
WON’T LET DEFEAT DEFINE HER.
Driving a bobsled requires the power of an elite track athlete, the focus of a fighter pilot, and above all, resilience. Jazmine Fenlator has those skills and more. And they’ve helped her thrive on the track, and off. In 2011, her family’s home was destroyed by Hurricane Irene and nearly everything they owned was lost—all while Jazmine’s mother was battling a long list of health problems. No one would have blamed Jazmine if she wanted to put her sport on hold at the time, but despite the hardship, she never gave up.
INSPIRED TO RISE.
“Life is going to hand you a million obstacles,” says Jazmine. “You just have to figure out how to overcome them.” A philosophy that Jazmine not only believes in, but has proven. After the storm she came back to have her best season yet, winning silver and bronze medals in the 2012 World Cup. She credits her mother’s encouragement—during her own incredibly difficult time—as the motivation she needed to continue training. To return the favor, Jazmine’s teammates established a relief fund for her family and helped them to quickly rebuild their home.
PUSHING FORWARD TO SOCHI.
To have the opportunity to represent Team USA, her coaches, and her family is a feeling Jazmine admits “can’t be put into words.” She hopes to use the platform to show disadvantaged kids that it’s not where you come from, it’s where you end up. No matter where she finishes at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Jazmine will be walking away a winner.