One day, while she was walking, Koya felt a shooting pain in her back. "It wasn't an injury, I didn’t fall, it just hit me," Koya tells mbg. "So I went to a doctor and they said, "I'm so sorry, your season's over. You have a stress fracture in your back.”
"Most athletes feel like we're superhuman and invincible," she continued. "I definitely felt like that. So at first, it was like someone had died. I was in shock. Then I was just depressed."