MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As the Winter Olympics get underway, students got to meet an olympic champion.
Three time gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee stopped by a couple of schools in Macon to give students some words of encouragement.
She says “Never let someone say you can’t achieve something because they have the power to change that narrative.”
Northeast High School was her first stop.
“The least I could do is to give of my time and all of us have time to give.We may not have the wealth of the world but you do have time and that time that you share with someone could change their life,” she adds.
Senior Jaylen Freeman says hearing from one of the greatest of all time inspires him to keep pushing even if obstacles come his way.
“It’s not everyday that you get to meet somebody and her story is so inspiring because I come from the same place. I had some of the same experiences that she had and it is just reassuring me that I can do what I want to do and I can accomplish my dream,” he adds.
Joyner-Kersee says students should have fun at what they’re doing and be committed to their work.
Zaria Freeman is a senior at Northeast. She runs track. Joyner-Kersee’s message inspired her to focus when she’s at the starting line and don’t stop until reaches the finish line.
“Staying focused you know. When it comes to track, it’s really like a single person sport. So when you’re out there, you’re all alone so I just know when it comes to doing stuff like this, you have to do it on your own and you have to stay motivated and focused,” Zaria explains.
Joyner-Kersee will also attended the youth of the year hall of fame induction at the Goodwill Anderson Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.