Fall 2017

On the fast track

Olympics bound? Sprinter Emerald Egwim says she hasn't ruled out the possibility of training for the 2020 games in Tokyo.
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Emerald Egwim, ’18, saw the world this summer. As an intern with KPMG, she was stationed in the Netherlands, Thailand, and Malaysia. As a U of M sprinter, she traveled to Trinidad to compete for Nigeria, then to London to represent that country in the 2017 IAAF World Champion-ships in Athletics.

 “It was a challenge but a good challenge,” she says of spending long days working and training in unfamiliar places. 

Egwim, who grew up in the Twin Cities and has dual citizenship, is no stranger to hard work. A walk-on to the U’s track team, she’s earned accolades including All-Big Ten First Team in the 400 meters and All-Big Ten Second Team in the 4x100-meter relay. She’s also received Academic All-Big Ten honors and several scholarships through the Carlson School of Management, where she is majoring in management information systems. 

Despite all she has accomplished, Egwim remains humble. “I always say none of my achievements are completely my own. They are a compilation of all the people who have invested in me, spent time with me, helped train me, helped teach me, and have been there for me,” she says, adding that after graduation, she plans to do consulting work. “Nobody walks through this life and gets through it on their own.”

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