< Brittney Reese competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and since then, the former Ole Miss All-American is a four-time World Champion. She won the 2012 World Indoor Long Jump title in Istanbul and broke the American Indoor record once held by Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
She also established the World Indoor Championship record by clearing 7-point-2-3 meters.
Reese now has her sights set on gold in London. That brings a smile to Brittney's grandfather.. King Duomes.
He remembers watching Brittney compete in various sports as a youngsters.
Duomes said, "When she would win a little ribbon she would be so happy and wanted to win another one. She started off on Pass Road at Pass Road Elementary."
Mr. King says his granddaughter always remembers where she grew up... Gulfport.
"She still thinks about home and when she came home for Thanksgiving she gave out 100 turkeys to help people out, "Duomes stated. "She still thinks a whole lot of Gulfport and she makes me proud to know that she's good in school, an A student. She finished from Ole Miss."
Legendary Gulfport High track and field coach, Prince Jones... who is now retired... asked Reese to give the long jump a shot... even though she was participating in six other track and field events . The rest is history.
Over the past few years, Brittney has won 10 gold medals, but the most important gold she has yet to place around her neck... Olympic Gold.
Her smiling grandfather said, "I already told her we are going to melt that gold when she gets here."
Brittney was in Jackson on Friday night where Prince Jones was inducted into the Mississippi Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She's expected to visit Gulfport on Tuesday before heading out West to prepare for the Olympics.
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