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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jackie Joyner-Kersee
After leaving the most important decision of her career up to her persuasive mother, Brittney Reese knew there was only one place to start looking when it was time to celebrate her Olympic gold medal in the long jump.
Competition in the decathlon begins Wednesday at the London Olympics. This time around, Dan O'Brien doesn't mind being a spectator.
Step aside, Carl Lewis.
She could have taken "no" for an answer from her well-meaning high school coach, who simply didn't want her to spread herself too thin. But even at age 15, "no" was a word Brittney Reese didn't want to hear.
Jeneba Tarmoh conceded the final Olympic spot in the 100 meters rather than meet training partner Allyson Felix at the starting line to break a third-place tie.
It's early morning on the University of Maryland campus, and Andrew Valmon is standing on the track holding two stopwatches. He conducts his workouts early, before the midday heat sets in.
Inside an opulent ballroom at National Harbor, a setting usually occupied by people wearing business suits, it was a day when women in uniform were in charge.
"My mom and aunt are here, so this is a great moment for me and my family."
"It's a surreal moment," she said.