Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Young Receives Warm Welcome Back Home

People lined all around the City Hall building and down Broadway Street to celebrate one of their own.

Posted: Jul 31, 2021 9:13 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2021 12:29 AM

Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Young is home and her hometown of Princeton, IN is giving her a warm welcome back.

"She's put our town on the map, I could shed tears just thinking about it," said Melinda Gilbert, a retired Princeton teacher. "It just made our town so proud and brought a lot of people together."

People lined all around the City Hall building and down Broadway Street to celebrate one of their own.

Young, a member of the USA Olympic Women's 3X3 Basketball Team, took on the Russian Olympic Committee in Tokyo on Wednesday and the city of Princeton held a watch party.

Everyone in the town was invited, and friends Addison Schafer and Ailie Taylor made sure to attend.

"We went to the theatre at 3 in the morning to watch it." said Schafer and Taylor.

Young and her team defeated the Russian team, 18 -15, leading them to bring home a Gold Medal.

"Oh we just screamed, we just jumped up." said Gilbert.

To celebrate this win, the community came out to cheer Young on, during a city wide parade.

With some seeing her as a hometown hero, to the younger ones watching, she is an inspiration. With her many accomplishments leading her to a major milestone as an athlete, winning Gold is something many following in her footsteps plan to achieve.

An achievement worth celebrating, Princeton is proud to call her their very own Olympian.

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