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Elyria Plans Olympic Send-off for Tianna Madison

July 11, 2012


Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda
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The City of Elyria, Elyria City Schools and many family members, friends and supporters will hold a red, white and blue 2012 London Olympics Send-Off Celebration for Elyria Olympian Tianna Madison on Wednesday evening July 18th from 5:30 – 7:00pm in Ely Square.

Elyria Mayor  Holly Brinda is encouraging all Elyrians to show their support for Tianna by attending the rally and bringing their flags to wave; signing a banner of encouragement that will travel with the family to London; and tying red, white and blue ribbons on mailboxes, trees, porch columns and telephone poles in support of the local hero.  July 18th will officially be proclaimed Olympian Tianna Madison Day by the City of Elyria.  “We want to paint the town red, white and blue in honor of Tianna, so roll out the ribbons Elyria and let the pride and encouragement flow from every household, business, school and office building in our community,” said Mayor Brinda.

“The dedication, motivation, perseverance, discipline and shear will of Tianna Madison and her supportive family should be celebrated and emulated,” said Mayor Brinda.  “Those who know Tianna not only know her as an athlete, but also as a scholar, friend, role model and all-around outstanding human being.  We are so very proud of her and we know she will represent herself, her family and our community with dignity, grace and awe-inspiring athleticism on the world’s stage.”

And while Tianna is traveling and competing with other Olympic team members in the Golden Leagues competitions leading up to the games and will not be returning back to Elyria until after the Olympics, her family members will be attending the celebration and taking the signed banner to her in London to demonstrate hometown support.  A video of the event will also be posted on YouTube for Tianna to view as she competes.  “It is so very important for our family to be able to share this amazing experience with our community and we are just so grateful for everyone’s well-wishes and thoughts of encouragement ,” said Joanne Madison, Tianna’s mother.

Among the evening’s highlights will be words of encouragement from Tianna’s former high school coaches, teammates, teachers, and principal; a performance by members of the Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band; thoughts from family members and
friends and more.

Not since Elyria’s George Phineas Guthrie III won the 110 hurdles at the 1924 Olympic trials at Harvard University has Elyria had another Olympian.  But all that changed this June 23rd when Elyria’s own Tianna Madison earned her first Olympic berth when she finished second in the 100 meter final of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene Oregon.  Now 26, Tianna will also compete in the Olympic 4 x 100 relay.

Tianna, a former Elyria High School track and field star, won the 100, 200 and long jump while attending the Ohio high school state meets in 2002 and 2003. Coupled with two relay wins, she was just the third Ohioan to win eight state titles in two years.  The first was Jessie Owens.   She went on to become the 2005 world champion in the long jump as a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Tennessee.

Joanne Madison said to follow Tianna and her family in real time on their Olympic adventure, log on to Facebook and go to:  Madison Family Road to London.