ATLANTA — The road to the 2020 Summer Olympics is starting for Naomy Grand’Pierre.
The Haitian American swimmer will compete in Tokyo just one year from now.
But, much of her training is happening in Atlanta, where she calls home.
“I was born in Montreal, Canada but I grew up in Atlanta my entire life. My education, learning how to swim with the City of Atlanta Dolphins, it was all here,” said Grand’Pierre.
Grand’Pierre has dual citizenship because her parents were born in Haiti.
She will compete for the Caribbean country in Tokyo.
Grand’Pierre says joining the team is an opportunity to change perceptions some may have, and share her culture with the world.
“With swimming, I can create a whole new world, where we can uplift our country and represent it very positively,” said Grand’Pierre.
However, Grand’Pierre says she still represents Atlanta no matter what.
"To the culture to the art scene to the vibes. It's just a unique and dynamic city. It really makes me happy to be able to train here full time and call this place home,” said Grand'Pierre.
This will be Grand’Pierre’s second time at the Olympics.
She made history as the first woman to compete as a swimmer for Haiti during the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016.