“When you love someone and decide to spend your life as one, your dreams and goals are now shared, so when an injury or hardship comes, it hits you both. But if you focus on your love, you’ll find a way to get through, and, if need be, create new goals together.” – Shevon Nieto
It was to be Shevon Nieto’s third and final Olympics. She was in the best shape of her life and was training harder than ever before to make the 2016 Rio Olympic Team. It was her only focus. Then, just two months before the trials, the unimaginable happened. The love of her life, her then boyfriend, Olympic high jumper and track and field coach Jamie Nieto, was performing his signature move, a somersault. This was a move he had completed hundreds of times before. But this time, his foot slipped. Jamie landed on his head and broke his neck.
Shevon got the call that Jamie was being airlifted to the hospital. At that moment, everything changed. They were told Jamie was paralyzed from the neck down. Shevon would not go on on to compete in the Olympic trials, choosing, instead, to stay by his side. But this pivot opened up opportunities for both Shevon and Jamie to realize dreams, some old and some brand new.