If you think you know badass women, Rochelle Okoye is probably badder than them all.
Born May 26, 1985, in Winnipeg, Canada, (yeah, its just another case of us laying claim to successful athletes because of their premium Nigerian roots,) Rochelle began her gymnastics career at the age of 2.
But Canada was not where her greatness was first recognised. She moved to England at the age of 7, and by the time she was 11, she became the British National Gymnastics Champion, a title she held for the next three years.
By 1998, she had already won the top sport person’s award for the under 13 category.
Rochelle was hoping to make it to the Olympics in 2000 but they changed the rules, saying a competitor had to be 16 years old, and she was only just turning 15. We bet she would have taken them all to school if she made it through. She said about it;
So I didn’t even get to compete in the Olympic trials. I was told I had to wait until 2004, by which time I would have been 19, which is relatively old for a gymnast and my body was already falling apart due to accumulated injuries. By this time my mother had grown home sick, and wanted to return to Canada. My parents thought it was best to move back to Canada in the hopes that I would carry on with my gymnastics career and strive for the 2004 Olympics. However, gymnastics was never my passion, I just happened to be extremely good at it, but it was NEVER something I enjoyed doing. Moving back to Canada for me was an opportunity to leave the sport that I had never loved doing, gain some free time and explore my options with other things. I have never stepped foot in a gym again to this day.
She returned to Canada, finished high school, went to University, studied psychology, and spent 2 years working one one one with children with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.
She entered for the Canada’s Next Top Model in 2007 and made it to the semi-final stage for the show, something she is thankful for. They dropped her because she didn’t have enough drama for the TV series.
We are talking badass, they are talking drama.
By the end of that year, she tried boxing for fun. And by the next year, she won her pro-debut in Canada.
She then went on to train in muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu. By the early 2010’s, she was already a stunt double, but she took a break following an injury that kept her away from action.
But now, she’s back, and banging.
And now she’s doing big things.
She was a stunt double as Storm in the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse movie.
And she’s currently stunting with the hit TV series, Arrow
REPOST: @Regrann from @megalyn – Me and my bad ass stunt woman/pro fighter @rochelle_okoye. The mastermind behind #Vixen’s moves! #sotuff ?? A photo posted by Rochelle Okoye (@rochelle_okoye) on
And then there’s the banging movie, Deadpool.
And The 100.
Just getting crucified & surviving… No big deal. #oneofthosedays #the100 #cw #stunts #tv A photo posted by Rochelle Okoye (@rochelle_okoye) on
Do we need to say more about how badass she is?