TYLER, Texas (KETK) — An Olympic gold medalist made an appearance today in Tyler and spoke with young athletes about her trip to Tokyo.
The event began with a catered breakfast from Chick-fil-A and a chance for attendees to experience the new facility. Several presentations were made, including a special visit from Miss Texas.
After the prayer and program, Dr. Allison Tobola introduced the crowd to Athing Mo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist. This was followed by a Q&A with Mo about his life and his love for racing.
A love she says started when she was just 6 years old, “…it was like the first day I went out and participated in this event, which I don’t know if I got good enough for” , tell me .
She says she looked up to other athletes in the sport growing up, but her motivation really came from wanting to break their records. “Having that looked forward to when it came to racing as a youngster, that’s what I looked up to and kind of used as a guide and my focus,” adds- she.
After this part of the event, the public had the chance to ask her their own questions and get a memorable photo with the famous athlete. Mo has roots in Texas, as she now attends Texas A&M University and is on their track team.
Before closing the event, the establishment wanted to unveil its latest project. They worked with schools across East Texas, to showcase 3 local athletes to showcase on a ceiling-to-floor display. They say it perfectly captures the talent we need to showcase here in our communities, and further proves Mo’s message that no dream is too big.
The Winter Olympics are fast approaching, the games begin on February 3. And you can catch all of this action on KETK.