This is the very definition of goals.
Morolake Akinosun tweeted when she was 17 that she would compete in the 2016 Olympics. Now, the 22-year-old Olympic runner is about to fulfill her dream.
Morolake Akinosun competes in the women's 100-meter dash on April 2, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
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Akinosun tweeted this almost exactly five years ago, and now it’s all happening.
“Watching it may have inspired me to tweet that,” Akinosun said to BuzzFeed News.
Akinosun, who attended Waubonsie Valley High School in Illinois, said it was the summer before her senior year and she was about a month into the recruiting process for college track and field at the time she sent the tweet. She hadn't yet chosen to attend the University of Texas, from which she will graduate in December.
“At the time I tweeted that out, it was more of a dream and an aspiration,” Akinosun said. “A goal has to be somewhat realistic,” she added, explaining that in 2011, “I wasn't on the level yet and I didn't know for sure that I would ever get there, but I for sure wanted to get there.”
Now, she's only a week away from flying to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the 4×100-meter relay for the 2016 Olympics.
“When I crossed the finish line in Eugene a few weeks ago,” Akinosun said referring to Oregon-based Olympic trials that qualified her for Rio, “it was sort of like disbelief… and then I realized I was really going to the Olympics and I started crying.”
Morolake Akinosun races against Ariana Washington during the 2016 US Olympic Track & Field Team Trials on July 2 in Eugene, Oregon.
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