The Next Olympian: Saif Al Turki, 19

Becoming a professional athlete was always a dream for Saif, but being overweight, it felt impossible to achieve. His life made a 180-degree turn when he suffered from extreme burns from an accident.

Saif took this as a God-given opportunity to start over again, and that’s when he incorporated fitness into his health regime and decided to train for a triathlon. His parents were his biggest support system and encouraged him into fitness and running._dsc1176

There was no stopping him.  Saif got the 3rd place in the Dubai 2XU Triathlon and 5th place in the ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi – a huge leap from barely being able to do anything just a few years prior. Preparing and training for his first Ironman 70.3, the first step and the most difficult challenge was to eat clean._dsc1188

Saif now aspires to be an Olympic athlete. His international idol is Jan Frodeno, who, according to Saif, is “just the best triathlete.”

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