Earlier this semester, Carlos Revelo of Telemundo Oklahoma came to Norman to interview former Sooner hurdler Georgina Tamez-Reyna. The interview aired recently and we have been given the link to the interview that was conducted entirely in Spanish. What follows is the English translation provided by Jennifer Jarvis-Denny, director of foreign language center and study abroad for student-athletes. Words in italics were added for clarity.
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Tamez finished her Sooner career last spring and will graduate in December with a degree in human relations. Tamez ended her career ranked 10th in the indoor 60-meter hurdles on the OU career list.
The race of life hasn’t been easy for the former student-athlete from the University of Oklahoma, Georgina Tamez, who comes from Monterrey, Mexico. This former athlete from OU came to this country in search of a dream and she has made the most of this opportunity…this opportunity was made possible by a student-athlete scholarship. However, during the process there were valleys she had to overcome. One of the challenges was being an international student who had to adapt to a totally different way of life.
When I first arrived, it was as if I were alone, literally. I didn’t have anyone, I didn’t know anyone. Arriving to a country where another language is spoken. Of course, it wasn’t easy living alone without my parents. Literally, I used to see them no more than two times a year, during the summer and in December for Christmas. So, yes, it was very difficult, but you get used to it. Well, you always miss your parents and you always want to be with them, but you get used to being alone and being independent.
Track and field is based on discipline and Georgina was aware that if she wanted to stand out in this sport, she had to make a series of sacrifices - among them – she had to leave her family behind in Mexico, learn a new language, and as a young woman, in a certain way, she had to sacrifice her social life with her friends in order to achieve her goals.
I was always really tired. My friends always used to say, “Why don’t you have a social life?” and I used to tell them, “yes, but that doesn’t matter to me.” It is what I like and what I really enjoy, therefore, that’s not a problem for me.
Despite all the adversities during her time in Oklahoma, she achieved great success. Currently, she is no longer actively participating at a collegiate level due to it being her last year at the university (Tamez exhausted her eligibility after the 2015-16 outdoor season). Now, Georgina is at the point of achieving her most anticipated goal after so many sacrifices. In the month of December, she will receive her degree in human resources (human relations). Even though it wasn’t easy, with all the hours of training and sacrifice, everything she accomplished was achieved thanks to (because of/due to) track and field.
It isn’t an easy sport because there are so many hours of training and when especially, when you are at this high level of training. When I began training in high school, was when I began to think about whether or not I wanted to do it professionally, well, not professionally, but to get to a higher level of competition.
Although the race of life has barely begun for Georgina, for this student, track and field at the University of Oklahoma will always be something that she carries in her heart. Not only did track and field make up a big part of her experience, it also helped her grow as a person.
One thing that I see about track and field is that it is a very pretty sport. You learn to get along with all types of people and you learn to try hard every day. Even though something might not turn out well for you or even though you might have something difficult happen to you, then you go to training and it is like you can relax, it de-stresses you and it helps you, and even more so if you like it.