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My Empire: Memphis P.E. teacher hopes to make Olympic bobsled team

Sable Otey (Source: WMC Action News 5) Sable Otey (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Sable Otey training for the Olympics. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Sable Otey training for the Olympics. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Sable Otey's empire embodies true Memphis grit and grind.

This Binghampton-bred, East High School grad is already a member of the America Bobsled Team, but she also has Olympic dreams.

Her journey to her dream has not been easy.

"I was training, in the best shape of my life, just dominating the workouts, and then learned I was pregnant,” Sable recalled. "I didn't even watch the Olympics 2012 year."

So Sable went back to school and got a master's degree in education, and then her godbrother suggested she give bobsledding a try.

She was a longtime track star and that translates well to bobsledding.  

With the help of her husband of 11 years, a Navy veteran who understands missions, Sable is on her way.

Sable said she wants to be a great example for her son, Amar'e. She said that goal was the fuel she needed to keep pushing forward.

Her husband, Reuben, works the overnight shift and takes on the weight of the household to fuel his wife's dream.

"He's trying to take on everything while I'm competing," Sable explained.

Her time in the classroom only partially pays for her training, including travel, lodging, and her Olympic diet.

While Sable works as a teacher, personal trainer, and sports therapist to pay the bills, Sable's competitors train full-time. Many of them are sponsored by gyms or other community groups.

Sable’s trainer, former NFL player James Lancaster, donates his time to help Sable pursue her Olympic dream.

"There are days when you don't want to get up because you're just slightly sick, but she pushes through those days," he said proudly.

Click here to hear more about Sable and her work ethic from her coach. 

You can help Sable by donating to her GoFundMe page here. 

At age 29, this is Sable’s last shot at qualifying for the Olympic team and building the empire she started dreaming about back on the track at East High School.

"The storm is going to come first, and then it'll all even out," she said. "I know I'm doing this for a reason, and I have to keep going.  Even though, on the inside, I'm worried sometimes, but sometimes you're just like, 'Don't be worried because you know that you have favor and you know you're doing what God wants you to do. So just keep going--just keep going.' I just keep going."

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