Jul. 15, 2015
Discipline And Dedication Have Sabien Tinson On A Fast Track To Olympics
Sabien Tinson is not your average 15-year-old. Not many 15-year-olds start their day at 5 a.m., and typically doesn’t end until 11 p.m. That's a long day for anyone, especially someone Sabien's age. Of course, when you are working out two or three times a day, going to high school (where you are an honor roll student), and traveling all over the world, your schedule is going to be busy.
Sabien , one of the country's premier young athletes in the sport of Inline Speed Skating, would have it no other way. He is mature enough to understand the sacrifices he is putting in now are all part of his goal of becoming an Olympic champion. The Albany, Ga., native's master plan is to make the transition from Inline skating to Olympic Speed Skating (in either Short or Long Track) and compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Bejing, China.
It takes an extraordinary amount of dedication and discipline to work towards a goal literally years away. Sabien, a thoughtful, mature young man, has the mindset to handle it.
"It's a lot of hard work, and I have to sacrifice a lot of things, but it is worth it." said Tinson, a three-time National Champion. "I don't get a chance to go parties, hang out at the mall, or go to movies. But that's OK because I am doing what I love, and working towards my dream. I know in order for me to accomplish my goals, I have to work to get better every day."
Last summer Sabien earned a spot on the 2016 USA Jr. World Team (which he was the youngest member). The team traveled to Nanjing, China to participate in the World Championships.
His spartan work ethic, and the support of his parents, Stephanie and Scott, have played a large part of Sabien's success.
"I wouldn't be able to do any of this without the love and support of my parents," he said.
Check out this impressive list of Sabien's accomplishments. Also watch the video of him in action at the end of the story.
• 2013 Indoor National Champion Elementary Boy with several records
• 2013 Outdoor National Champion Elementary Boy with several records
• 2014 Regional Champion Freshman Boy and overall Champion
• 2014 Indoor National Champion Freshman Boy with several records
• 2014 Outdoor National Champion Freshman Boy with several records
• 2014 Pan American Speed Club Championships Freshman Boys
• 2015 Indoor National Champion Freshman Boy with several records
• 2015 Outdoor National Champion Freshman Boys with several records
• 2015 Pan American Speed Club Championships Freshman Boys
• 2016 300M Outdoor National Champion
• 2016 America’s Cup Champion Junior Men
• 2016 Member of the U.S.A World Team, Second Sprinter
• 2016 Member of the NSC (Professional National Speedskating Circuit)