Athlete of the Week: Palm Beach Central's Karimah Davis
WELLINGTON, Fla. (CBS12) —
Before Karimah Davis stepped foot in high school - she was a self-proclaimed "girly girl".
Four years later, she's the best athlete in Palm Beach County, and on track, to one day be an Olympian. Palm Beach Central's Karimah Davis is the CBS12 Athlete of the Week.
"I was trying to be a dancer," recalls Davis. "And it wasn't working out."
Good thing for the Palm Beach Central sprinter, that it didn't.
Broncos sprint coach Derek Walker saw Davis at a middle school track meet, and saw a different future.
"I went right up to her mom and said, let me coach her," says Walker. "I knew I could turn her into a state champion, and maybe one day, into an Olympian."
Walker's prophecy has come true so far. As a sophomore, Davis won county, district and regional titles in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter races.
Then as a junior, she did it again, but added a state championship in the 400m to her resume.
Now as a senior, she wants to win gold in states in the 200 and 400.
"I have had a lot of accomplishments," says Davis. "But that would be great."
This feels like just the beginning for Davis - she will be running for the Seminoles starting next year (Walker's alma mater).
Three weeks ago, Davis participated in a high school 200 meter race at Florida State, and ran faster than all the college runners.
"FSU was there, South Carolina was there, there were some big programs," says Walker. "And she ran faster than all of them."
Just four years away from thinking she'd never be an athlete, Davis now has Olympic dreams and she may only be year away from having a realistic chance to qualify.
"Ever since I first started track I dreamed of being in the Olympics," says Davis. "It would be awesome to just be wearing the American flag."
And the United States would be lucky to have Karimah Davis representing us.