The 30-year-old is the first person to convert from another physically demanding sport to bobsledding since 1998.
You can’t not love Bobsleigh after watching Cool Runnings – one of the best films ever made.
But this news article isn’t focusing on the Jamaican team. Instead, a bro named Hakeem Abdul-Saboor has caught our attention.
Why? Because he changed careers from bodybuilding to bobsledding and has recently made his appearance in the U.S Olympic team.
Not everyone can just start participating in a sport and end-up at the Olympics.
So it’s no surprise to hear that Hakeem Abdul Saboor has been an elite-level athlete since high school; he competed in basketball, football, as well as athletics (both track & field).
In fact, this led his former coach to name this bro as ‘probably the best all-round athlete I have ever coached’.
Afterwards, he managed to perform as the running back for the University of Virginia football team (running a 40-yard-dash in 4.30 seconds).
After suffering from numerous injuries, Hakeem was forced to cut his football career short. But it wasn’t long until he had found another passion – bodybuilding.
After submitting his photos to the 2012 Bodybuilding.com FIT USA, he was invited to compete at the contest.
On his experience, Hakeem said: “Flight, hotel, spray tan. I think they picked 16 or 20 of us from the nation. I ended up winning the people’s choice award.
“So that was everybody over the nation voting for which contestant they liked, their physique the best. That was before the show. I ended up placing fourth in the total competition.”
However, after placing 4th in the show, Hakeem stated that he wasn’t able to enter national competitions due to a lack of funding.
Hakeem’s physical prowess made it onto the internet, with a video of him jumping and touching his head to a 10-foot ceiling going viral. This was quickly seen by the Brad DeWeese (former U.S Olympic committee head of physiology), and as a result, he was invited to an event.
After starting out in 2015, Hakeem made his first appearance in the U.S Olympic team this year. Not a bad change of sports, right bro?
Brad DeWeese recalled:
“Needless to say Hakeem had a perfect score in each event, even after becoming ill from nerves halfway through the test.
“Since then, I have had the honor of coaching Hakeem to 3 national team designations and finally to an Olympic team. In short, you never know who is watching.”