When the coronavirus compelled the Tokyo Olympics to be delayed a yr, Marshevet Hooker thought, “Why not?”
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — After the COVID-19 pandemic hit forcing the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed, Marshevet Hooker, nurse tech at Cone Well being determined she would take part on the enjoyable.
In keeping with Cone Well being, Hooker got here to the choice as she was teaching lengthy bounce to a cousin on the Southern Alamance Excessive College observe crew.
When the coronavirus compelled the Tokyo Olympics to be delayed a yr, she thought, “Why not?”
Hooker is a nurse tech within the emergency division at Alamance Regional Medical Middle and ran observe whereas finding out on the College of Texas.
Cone Well being mentioned she was an NCAA champion within the 100-meter sprint and a part of the nationwide champion 4X100 meter relay crew and completed fifth within the 200 meters within the Beijing Olympics. Hooker’s work within the 4X100 finally carried her to a gold medal within the World Championships in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, in keeping with Cone Well being.
“This quest began with mild runs in June then endurance coaching in July,” Cone Well being mentioned in a information launch.
Hooker hits the weights 3 days every week and runs 5.
She credit her husband, Lacy Flintall, and her prolonged household for serving to her stability all of it.
“He thinks I’m nuts however loves each minute of it,” Hooker mentioned.
The 36-year-old mom of three simply accomplished every thing she must get into nursing faculty at Alamance Neighborhood Faculty.
She hopes to enter as an “open” athlete at an occasion at NC A&T on April 10. If Hooker makes it, she heads to Eugene, Oregon on the finish of June. If all goes effectively, her subsequent cease will likely be Tokyo.
“I’ve been by way of this earlier than, so I’ve no strain. Plus, I’ve three little cheerleaders (ages 3, 6, and eight),” she mentioned.
Regardless of her busy schedule, Hooker nonetheless discovered time to get vaccinated—even after having COVID-19.
“I’ve younger youngsters and a husband that fortunately didn’t get sick once I did,” she mentioned. “I needed to act and be sure that I used to be doing every thing that I may to guard them and myself.”
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