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Toronto bobsledder are ready for the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Cynthia Appiah attributes her athletic ability and drive to her family Cynthia Appiah said 

she suffered the biggest setback in her athletic career at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

After years of hard work and sacrifice, Toronto athletes have been told that they will only replace the Canadian female bobsleigh team. 

Appiah says she’s ready to quit. But instead she continued. “You need to invest 100% to reach your goal,” she told. “If you want to go to the Olympics, you can’t be a part-time athlete.” Appiah is currently preparing for the Winter Olympics in Beijing. 

She is in the driver’s seat this time. Over the past four years, she has grown from her role as a brakeman to a pilot on the team. And just last month she won a silver medal in a female monobob at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup.

31-year-old Appiah attributed her athletic performance and motivation to her family. 

Appiah and her brother, born the daughter of a Ghana immigrant, grew up in a shared apartment in Toronto. 

Family time meant meeting in Jeopardy! “It gets terrible,” Appiah said. “I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I get in touch and answer questions before the moderator reads it completely, and my sister or brother gets angry with me. Life. 

“They always wanted us to do our best in everything we did. We can see how hard they worked to enable us to do what we needed in our lives. And I am very grateful for that.

“Compassionate, wise, and resilient” is the term Martha Appiah uses to describe her sister in the Olympics. “She is the one who always tries everything, always wants to push herself, and encourages us to do our best,” Martha said. 

Martha says her sister inspired her. To become a black woman in a leading position in the Canadian bobsleigh scene. Appiah does not downplay this feat. “As a black athlete in winter sports, unfortunately, you run into some negative stereotypes about your abilities,” Appiah said. 

“And when I succeed, I think it makes it so sweet,” she said, traditionally alienating black athletes in the role of braking and teaming at bobsleigh. And she is happy to see the change and be part of it.

Read More: Toronto-born bobsledder ready for 2022 Beijing Olympics | CBC News

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