Kamali Thompson is making history as she trains for the 2020 Olympic team. With a schedule that includes preparation for her career as an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon and training for the Olympics at least five days a week, the Teaneck, N.J. native has fencing practice with the Peter Westbrook Foundation Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The remaining two weekdays, Thompson goes to the gym to stay physically fit and, if time allows, heads to a local club in New Jersey for extra training.
“The most challenging thing at this point is securing sponsors to help me successfully accomplish my dreams of being an Olympian and a surgeon,” says Thompson.
Thompson has learned the importance of trust on her unique path, having learned to follow the best advice given to her: get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
“You get put in these situations that are really uncomfortable and if you aren’t comfortable with that weird feeling, you aren’t going to be able to handle the situation correctly,” Thompson says. “That translates to the hospital because we’re still medical students, we’re still new at this, we don’t know how to handle the situation, we don’t know sometimes if we should handle this or should we call the attending. So being comfortable and knowing that you have no idea what’s going to happen and just trying to go with the situation and do your best — that’s really beneficial, especially for medical students.”
If you are interested in donating to Kamali Thompson on her road to Tokyo check out her website: https://kamalithompson.com