"There’s not much that Jordyn Minor can’t do.
She had been a strong gymnast since she was four years old but decided just a few months ago to give up her childhood sport for a new challenge out on the track.
With less than half a year of experience under her belt, Minor managed to win the state championship in the 100-meter dash and finish third—less than 0.3 seconds off the leader—in the 200 in her first-ever state meet.
“It’s very surprising; super surreal,” Minor says, reminiscing on her immediate successes. “I went from gymnastics and knowing everything about it and growing in it, but I just really wanted to try something new. And for me, anytime I try something new, I know I’m going to put 100 percent effort into it. So I definitely wasn’t going into track just thinking this is going to be something I do on the side. I wanted this (to be) all or nothing for me."
That same fierce, go-getter attitude doesn’t come as any surprise the more you learn about Minor. At the age of nine, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia—a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells...."
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(Originally published in 225 Magazine, June 2022 issue. )