Megan Henry went from a skeleton national champion to fighting for her life, and being told she would never be an athlete again. Now the Roxbury native is back and has her eye on the next Winter Olympics.
Henry was a the top of her sport when she suffered a pulmonary embolism that nearly took her life.
“To hear that you may never be an athlete again was really difficult,” said Henry. “I’ve been an athlete for most of my life and to be told that this is something I may never return to was extremely challenging”
She’s competing again while serving as an Army Intellegence Officer. “I get to represent the United States in two different uniforms,” said Henry, “and it’s a tremendous honor.”
The physical challenge isn’t the only one she’s trying to overcome; the expenses that go along with skeleton racing are staggering. The sled costs around $10,000 and the shoes alone cost hundreds of dollars, plus the cost of traveling 6 months of the year (checking that sled isn’t cheap). To help off-set the costs, she’s in the running to be Miss Jetset — top prize earns her a spot as Jetset Magazine’s cover girl plus $50,000.
“People don’t know that Team USA athletes are usually self-funded,” she said, “especially in a sport like skeleton where most people don’t know what that is, so having to balance a career and just being able to get by with living expenses and support yourself in a sport, it’s been really really challenging.”
If she wins, she plans on putting most of it to a good cause.
“I want to use it to give back to blood clot awareness because I am a blood clot surivor,” she said. “I thought it would be a unique way to share my story to a broader audience.”
You can vote for Megan by clicking here.