The Tri-State has gained a new Olympic Gold Medalist, and hundreds showed up to Broadway Players very early to watch it all go down.
Officals decided to throw a watch party last minute so the community could watch their hometown star, together. The theatre doors opened at 2:30 am, and by 3:00 am, 140 people filled the house. "The Princeton Community is small, but the support is outstanding," says Judy Barber, Treasurer for the Broadway Players. After Team USA advanced to the finals, that number nearly doubled.
Jackie Young won the medal as part of Team USA in the Women's 3X3 Basketball. The Princeton, Indiana native, a late addition to the team, defeated the Russian Olympic Committee 18 to 15 late Wednesday night in Tokyo.
Young replaced Katie Lou Samuleson, who had to withdraw from the team last week due to health and safety protocols.
The Las Vegas Aces player is playing alongside other WNBA players, including Wings guard Allisha Gray, Sky center Stefanie Dolson, and fellow Aces teammate Kelsey Plum.
Team USA was 6-1 in Pool Play and defeated France to make it to the Gold Medal game.
The City of Princeton is hosting a celebration parade for their Olympic Gold Medalist. The parade will take place Saturday, July 31st at 4 pm. Officials say the parade will make 2 laps from the Square, to Mcdonalds.
They ask everyone to bring signs, banners, and flags.