Because the summer Olympics were among my mother’s favorite things, I, too, found myself attached to the television every four years rooting for athletes, storylines, and for a good time to be had by all. And very four years, I’ll stumble upon an Olympic storyline that crosses paths with one of my other passions.
This year is no exception:
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 2, 2021
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. And she happened to be representing Puerto Rico while doing so. As a Puerto Rican, I’m proud and excited to see someone represent our people in such awesome fashion. Oh, and Quinn’s brother Robert plays for the Bears. That’s a neat tie that brings everything together.
Camacho-Quinn blazed the event in 12.37 seconds. It’s an impressive showing that came hours after finishing in 12.26 seconds during the qualifying round. Few things exemplify Olympic excellence like posting an Olympic record and the fourth-fastest time in event history during qualifiers, then topping that with a first-place finish.
Here’s hoping Robert Quinn appreciates his sister’s efforts. Bonus points if he can find motivation in that performance and use his own speed to run down quarterbacks and ball-carriers this upcoming season.