Oklahoma City teen has her eye on Olympic gold
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The Olympic Games may be coming to a close tonight, but the quest for the gold never ends for elite athletes all across the country.
One of them is training and living right here in Oklahoma City. Bria Cornforth was just 8-years-old when she first stepped into a kayak and fell in love, now the 16-year-old is paving her way to the Olympic stage.
"I practice twice a day, everyday except for Sunday," Cornforth said, "And they usually are two hours maybe three just depending on the practice."
Cornforth is a dedicated student at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy and her record proves it.
"One of my first big wins was an international race at Lake Placid New York and I was actually too young to make the junior team USA but I raced anyway and I actually beat everyone that was up there so the next year they actually changed the rules and let younger kids race."
In 2014 she earned that spot on the Junior USA team, competing in Poland and in just a few weeks, another major opportunity.
"I qualified this year for the Olympic Hopes games in Szeged Hungary so that's my goal is to make it there and do well there and just working up and up."
Since then, she has competed in 9 national championships, bringing home eight bronze medals, eight silver and one national championship.
If you wish to donate and help Bria continue her journey, click here.