Kenyan Olympian Trained For Sport Via YouTube
While most of the world-class athletes that end up competing in the Olympics train for years on end with state-of-the-art facilities and coaches…some end up having to pick up their prowess however they can. Via People:
On Saturday, Julius Yego will represent Kenya in the men’s javelin throw at the Olympics. Unlike most of his competitors, Yego didn’t have access to a world-class training facility or even a coach.
Instead, he perfected his sport by watching YouTube videos.
“The need to succeed in javelin pushed me to the cyber café to watch great javelin throwers,” Yego, 27, tells PEOPLE. “I studied what they were doing to improve my training since I didn’t have a coach.”
Yego says he fell in love with the javelin throw at a young age, practicing the sport with sharpened wooden sticks as his primary school didn’t have the proper equipment.
“I realized I had the talent so I kept going,” he says. “I had the dream of being in the Olympics to compete with the best.”
His perseverance paid off: Yego excelled in national competitions in high school, winning two junior national championships. The whole time, he supplemented his practice by watching videos of the sport’s greatest athletes and copying their techniques.
Determination takes you places!