Swimmer Enters Olympic Trials for Mom
Reporter: Sally Delta
Lynchburg, VA - Quite a few locals are at the Olympic swimming trials this week fighting for a spot on team USA. For one Liberty University student, making the team isn't as important as who's going to see her compete.
Brye Ravettine's mother was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and wasn't expected to live past the age of 35. But mom fought through longer than expected and now will be watching her daughter swim from the stands.
Ravettine has always been close with her mother Debbie. She says seeing her mom suffer with cystic fibrosis wasn't easy.
"It's like having a cold, 24-7 there's a lot of coughing, a lot of phlegm," said Ravettine.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes a thick mucus to build up in the lungs. When Debbie was diagnosed, doctors gave her only a few years to live. As a child, Ravettine was determined her mother would survive and made her a promise to make sure she did.
"When I was little, I made a goal - I'm going to make the Olympic team with my mom still here, and then I scaled it back and said, 'OK, let's make Olympic trials,'" said Ravettine.
Ravettine qualified when she was 17 years old but missed the cut off date.
"I had this whole panic trip and said, 'Okay, mom, I've got four more years to try this again,'" said Ravettine.
So Ravettine kept training for the big race and qualified for the Olympic trials this year. Now at age 21, she's getting a second chance to make it happen.
"I could come in last place and she'd still be crying and be so proud. So this is just the icing on the cake for her to actually be there and actually witness this whole entire experience," said Ravettine.
So whether she makes it to the Olympic games or not, Ravettine's dream has already come true.
"I can't wait to actually fulfill the promise I made to her when I was eight. So, it's really exciting for me," said Ravettine.
Ravettine is scheduled to swim this Sunday at the Olympic trials in the 50 meter freestyle. Her mother's birthday is the next day.