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UNSUNG HEROES


The Olympics Were Tough´┐Ż
But I Face My Biggest Challenge Everyday

By LaDonna Antoine-Watkins

LaDonna Antoine-Watkins I've had an allergy to peanut for as long as I can remember. But it hasn't gotten in my way. I train hard, travel and compete a lot. I carry my epinephrine auto-injector with me, but have rarely had to use it.

When I traveled to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, I had been training well and was in top shape. I was really excited to be there.

Shortly after we arrived, I was eating a meal with my teammates when I started to feel unwell. My throat was closing up and I knew that I was in trouble. When I asked the chef, I found out that there was peanut sauce in the chicken that I was eating.

My teammates were really helpful. My coach stayed calm and drove me to the hospital. And once I'd had the epinephrine auto-injector, I knew that I was going to be all right. But you can imagine how I felt. After I got past the fear of the reaction, all I could think about was the fact that I had trained so hard, and been so close to losing the chance to run in the Olympics.

But I went on to run my races as the Canadian champion 200 and 400 meter sprinter.

Last date modified on Friday, April 7, 2006



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