Photo: Shevon Stoddart-Nieto poses with the President's Award that she received from International Olympic Committee
Jamaican Olympian Shevon Stoddart-Nieto has received the President’s Award from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.
Stoddart-Nieto is a contest in the NBC hit reality series, America’s Got Talent and recently performed her original song “Through the good and the bad” in her debut performance on the 2020 season.
Her husband Jamie Nieto, is an American Olympian, who was paralyzed following a training accident while doing the high jump and since then Shevon has dedicated her life to his recovery.
Stoddart-Nieto took to her social media pages to describe what receiving the award meant to her.
“Before you become an Olympian, you’re someone with a dream. Someone who believes, despite what anyone says or how small the odds are, that they can achieve their goal at being one of the world’s best.
“This task takes courage, determination, resilience, and an endless measure of fortitude. Achieving this accomplishment has helped to shape my life not only as an athlete, but as a person.
“This journey has prepared me for the most important race, which is life’s race. So, remember this, it’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s about the lessons learned and the fight that truly makes you a champion.
“Thank you to the Olympic Committee and President Thomas Bach for awarding me with the President’s Award and honoring the fight and path of an Olympian. Also, thank you to my husband Jamie Nieto Oly for bringing out the best in me.”