(WBRE/WYOU)- Every Olympian has a story of how they became one of the best of the best in the world.
Usually this story includes a love for their sport, but bronze medalist Allison Baver didn’t start her Olympic sport until high school.
“Being an Olympian was a journey, it was almost like a life purpose,” says Baver.
Bavor’s quest for Olympic glory began with a non-Olympic sport.
“When I was in fourth grade I decided to join the speed skating team,” says Baver.
On roller skates, it wasn’t until years later as a junior in high school that she switched skates and moved to the ice.
“So I started a little bit late,” says Baver.
But she caught up quickly.
“Once I made the commitment it was all day everyday.” says Baver.
And just 15 months after switching sports…
“I broke the American record and beat second place by two seconds,” says Baver.
Her journey was in the fast lane, Baver went to three Olympic games winning a bronze in 2010.
“Once an Olympian, always an Olympian,” says Baver.
Now that her sports career is over, the skater is keeping the Olympic fame going.
“For me it was about continuing to be involved in something that really mean a lot to me,” says Baver.
Baver is the vice president of the Olympians and Para Olympians Association.
“We are really inspiring Olympism throughout the country,” says Baver.
She’s also teaching kids to be better and be active through the Off the Ice Foundation.
“I’m having a lot of fun with the kids, teaching them to skate faster, turn better,” says Baver.
Allison Baver, a bronze medalist who is using her unique story to inspire the next wave of Olympians.
She has launched a line of clothing and it’s available on her website http://ALLISONBAVER.COM.
Remember, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChange, South Korea begin on February 9. And you can watch all the games on WBRE.