Veronica Campbell-Brown has overcome grinding poverty to become one of the greatest Olympians that Jamaica has ever produced. The 29-year-old Jamaican sprinter has had to overcome grinding poverty to become one of the greatest Olympians her country has ever produced. That was just the start. "I have five brothers, four sisters, so you can just imagine the competition in the house. It helped me be very competitive, strong and independent," Campbell-Brown said. "I used to race the boys and win. So I knew I had a special gift and should work on improving it. "When I was very young in primary school, we had a lot of sports days. I won the double there running barefoot. My coach and teacher said, 'You're very talented.'