Nigerian Olympic hopeful Seun Adebiyi visited Sewickley Academy as part of the Sewickley Series in October 2011. He was one of the main characters in the film More to Live For, a story about three individuals whose lives were all shaken by cancer and dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match that could save them.
Seun inspired our community when he visited us last year, and so we were excited to check in with him to see what he is up to these days. Below is our five-question interview with Seun:
What are you looking most forward to these days?
I'm very excited for the skeleton season to begin. Only 14 months until the Olympics! I'm training full-time with several coaches and expect to make a lot of progress this season. The Nigerian registry is also doing well, and we're getting closer to building the first umbilical cord blood bank in Africa.
Where have you most recently found inspiration?
I try to set aside some time every day to meditate and reflect on how lucky I am to be alive and healthy. That helps me to stay positive when the going gets tough.
Outside of skeleton and swimming, what are three of your favorite things/activities?
I'm a pilot and enjoy flying through the mountains of Utah. I also love learning new languages (working on Russian now) and traveling.
What was your favorite childhood book? Why?
I loved The Hobbit. It was so magical and epic, but the main character, Bilbo Baggins, was just an ordinary person who was chosen for an extraordinary task. Now, I've been chosen for an extraordinary adventure of my own!
What book have you read recently that you really enjoyed?
I mostly read scientific articles that help me better understand treatment options for cancer patients, so that I can have productive conversations with doctors and scientists. For my personal education, I have been reading books on Eastern philosophy, because they help me stay grounded in the present moment.