21-year-old Olympic Gold Medallist Sends Crucial Message to High School Teacher who Said She Wouldn't Make it

21-year-old Olympic Gold Medallist Sends Crucial Message to High School Teacher who Said She Wouldn't Make it

  • A Canadian athlete identified as Penny Oleksiak has taken to social media to send a message to her high school teacher who said swimming would not get her anywhere
  • The 21-year-old lady is doing well for herself as she has won three medals for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics
  • According to Penny, most of her teachers saw her vision and encouraged her, but that particular one was always discouraging her

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A 21-year-old Canadian swimmer and Olympic medalist, Penny Oleksiak, has sent a message to her high school teacher who doubted her.

The young lady has won three medals for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics. She now has a total of seven Olympic medals to her credit, Fox News reports.

Penny Oleksiak has seven Olympic medals to her credit
Penny Oleksiak is one of the most decorated Canadian Olympic athlete. Photo credit: François-Xavier MARIT / AFP
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Penny, who is one of the most decorated Canadian Olympic athletes, said her high school teacher told her to stop swimming because it wouldn't get her anywhere.

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She wrote:

"I just googled ‘Canada’s most decorated Olympian’ and my name came up. I want to thank that teacher in high school who told me to stop swimming to focus on school (because) swimming wouldn’t get me anywhere. This is what dreams are made of."

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No shade towards teachers in general

The athlete, however, noted that she wasn't shading teachers in general, adding that her sister is also a teacher, New York Post reports.

She said most of her teachers saw her vision and pushed her towards it. According to her, the teacher who constantly dragged her down is the worst of all time.

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