Hawaii’s only female representative to represent the United States at the 15th running of the Special Olympics Summer World Games will chase her dream of championship gold in multiple events in Abu Dhabi.
26-year old Raine Jade Thompson, the daughter of former Icon Sport president T Jay Thompson has accomplished her mission set less than a decade ago, to reach the pinnacle of the world games.
“For 20 years I was in such denial. I wanted to be so-called normal and I didn’t really embrace my disabilities until I was 21 and so when I said okay, I’m going to do Special Olympics, I’m going to do it for me and I’m going to just do the best I can,” Thompson told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
Thompson was first introduced to KHON2 viewers back in 2013 when she was featured as part of the Premium Profile segment after she secured her first state medals with aspirations of one day reaching the national championships.
Now, she has her eyes locked on a bigger prize.
Thompson will compete in the shot-put, 100-meter dash and the 4X100 sprint later this week.
According to her though, it’s not the actual medal that serves as motivation, but instead, it’s the inspiration that she can provide along the way.
“I just take pride of me working hard and showing other athletes who are not athletes yet that the Special Olympics people and special needs people, they deserve a chance too and this is what I’m trying to do. USA, Hawaii deserves to have a medal for Team USA,” said Thompson.
“Just to be on the elite team is a total dream come true and to be the best I can be is to be a good team member. Show my support and be the best representative for USA and Hawaii.”
Festivities for Thompson will begin on Thursday with the opening ceremonies. She will also be interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that day.
For a schedule of Raine Jade’s events CLICK HERE.
Thompson, is joined in Abu Dhabi by one other Hawaii athlete, Tyler Morimoto. He was featured on KHON2 recently. To watch his interview with Kamaka Pili, click here.