Hi Reddit, I am Eritrea’s First Winter Olympic. I have qualified for the Beijing 2022 games! AMA
Hello Reddit, My name is Shannon-Ogbnai Abeda and I am an alpine skier representing Eritrea. I competed in the last winter games in 2018 and I am now on route to 2022. I am excited to go again but more or less I am nervous this go around. After a brief hiatus and some reflection, I decided to come back as I did not feel I ended my career on the right note. My Olympic event will be the last of my career as an alpine skier and I will be transitioning into a full-time career.
I currently train out of Invermere, BC, CANADA and spend part of my time between Calgary, Lethbridge and now Toronto. I am in my last year of my undergraduate studies completing two degrees in Computer Science and General Business Management. I do contract software and video/photography work over the summer & fall to pay for my training fees.
If you like, you can follow my journey on instagram shannonabeda_
Proof: Here's my proof!
Edit: I see that there's a typo in the title.. my bad!
Edit 2; Hey everyone! Thank you for your questions.. I did not expect this many so hang tight I will respond to you as soon as I can. Just eating food right now! I also want to thank those that are also asking difficult and challenging questions. It is allowing me time to reflect and really think about it. Again thank you all for your support
Edit 3: Hey everyone, I am back! Will be answering questions for the rest of the evening!
Edit 4: I guess there's a few really good questions.. so I stick around for a bit
Edit 5: Signing off for tonight.. will answer some question tomorrow morning! Thank you guys.. this has been very fun and you all have some great questions!
Edit 6: Alright I am back! I will answer some questions throughout the day as I’m on the road for a bit. I did notice there were a few political questions that were left last night and I have to set record straight. I am very well aware of the sensitivity light about these games and Eritrea, but as an athlete my primary focus is to compete. I am not a prop nor do I have government affiliation of any kind. I am not knowledge enough nor am I in the position to make a comment. Some of you have ask respectfully however there has been quite few aggressive comments and my inbox was also spammed with some threatening message which I do not appreciate. Unfortunately I cannot comment on these questions and you have the understand position that most people going to the games are in.