This is no Hollywood script, but the reality of the last four years for Nigeria's Seun Adigun -- a woman that has made a habit of striving to go where no others have gone before the slopes of Pyeon. As a child she dreamed of becoming the first woman to compete in the NBA.
This changed later this year the 30-year-old will drive the first African bobsled in the history of the Games.
The former 100m hurdler could not have envisaged this day would come as she lined up alongside the world's best at London 2012.
But, as she puts it: "Fear is really just another opportunity to learn."
"This is beyond a dream come true having qualified for PyeongChang 2018 alongside brakewomen Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere.
"To be able to bring something back to not only the country of Nigeria -- which has so gracefully given me my family, my culture and everything I stand by -- but also to the continent of Africa and the world.
"To bring a gift for people to know that resilience is something that you can actually live to achieve, and that the fear of the unknown doesn't need to be something that limits your ability to thrive in life. Those qualities will be important for everybody to be able to take in."
How those times spent with a hammer and nail have paid off.
Adigun and her companions will brace themselves, sprint and leap into a state of the art machine by the time the women's heats begin on February 20, having raised funds of $75,000 on a GoFundMe online donation page.
there remains plenty of hard work to be done if the Nigerian bobsled team are to fulfill their goal of standing the podium in PyeongChang.
But, beyond the pursuit of medals, the trio preach a universal message.
"Don't be afraid to take that risk," says Adigun. "Impossible is nothing.
"You can sometimes stand in front of a door without knowing what's on the other side and open it. You won't know what's on the other side until you open it.
"Being in an uncomfortable place isn't bad [and] it isn't wrong; it's just different. Sometimes you need to be able to take that chance."