YouTube is the great video sharing platform, And that means it’s also a useful learning tool. On this platform you can download the two theory courses animated with animations and audio essays, reflections and even popular documentaries.
But … Can you also learn a sport? kenyan Julius yego is living proof that the answer to this question is yes, because from a YouTube tutorial you won an Olympic medal in the last edition of the Olympic Games.
Julius Yego’s story
Many of Africa’s poorest countries export specialized running athletes, among other things because the conditions to start training in the sport are not expensive.. Elite athletes may have specialized training centersThe attention of personal trainers and a follow-up plan that includes nutrition and exercise, but the first few months are about finding a few minutes a day to run. Julius Yego attempted a future by running the 100m smoothly at times when he shouldn’t be helping his parents on the farm, but seeing that he wasn’t getting the results he expected, he opted for the javelin.
Javelin throwing is a sport that requires a larger investment of money, however Julius solved this problem by making his own hardware. At this point, he was able to start developing the basic skills for throwing the javelin, although his lack of resources was a serious drawback – he couldn’t find a coach to help him.
Getting started with the help of YouTube
Unable to find help in his home country, Julius turned to that space where physical borders disappear: the Internet. If he wanted to be the next one Andreas Thorkildsen he had to learn his own strategies and methods to improve himself in the discipline of the javelin, without depending on anyone in particular.
And that’s how he got to YouTube, the place where he could watch Thorkildsen’s releases over and over again. The videos of this athlete were transformed, without his knowledge, into a tutorial that someone was using in very bad conditions to train. The example of Andreas Thorkildsen had such an impact on Julius’ life that his videos have turned into a sort of powerful virtual hub.
Turn learning videos into a habit, Julius won his first national title a few months after starting; but there was not much competition, as the javelin was not popular in Kenya. The real challenge came at the 2012 Olympics, in which Julius was the first representative of his country to appear in the sport. That year, thanks to his efforts, he managed to be among the top two pitchers in the world; a head start on what was to come and his promising career.
In 205, Julius Yego won a world title, throw the javelin to 92.72 meters and create the third mark in history, Being the world record of 98.48. At the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he won the silver medal.
The potential of self-learning
Julius Yego’s story gives a sample of the possibilities that can arise from combining efforts and the use of new technologies accessible to almost everyone. Knowing how to manage the latter and promote the former can be the key to ensuring that the lives of many people are structured by projects that are important and meaningful to them, on condition that they can count on the means and referents.