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Former Olympians Jumping To New Heights

There are many athletes from Acadiana who have competed in the Olympics and I'm sure some of you are wondering where they are now.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 9:46 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2021 2:46 PM

With Olympics in full swing, there are a handful of athletes from right h ere in acadiana who knows what it's like to compete.

"I was a part of the greatest aspect of the olympics track and field and I was a high jumper still am a high jumper but I dont jump very high"

Photo courtesy of Tokyo Olympics

Hollis Conway is a two time olympic medalist but now works with parks and recreation he says his experience as an olympian is indescribable.

Conway says "That is an absolutly incredible experience and then to go out there and compete and then for me to win two olympic medals the first olympics nobody expected me to do anything and I got a silver medal it was the greatest experience in the world"

A few years ago one Lafayette native went to the olympics but now she enjoys her new role as a mentor and teacher.

"Still to this day it has been quite some time since I've competed in the olympics and I still dont really have any words for it because unless you are truly there and taking it all in there are really no words to describe what that feeling was but it was absolutely an amazing journey and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life"

At the age of 19, Savannah became the first U.S. woman to reach an olympic trampoline final after acomplishing that dream she's now living out another dream by owning her very own gymnasium.

"I knew that I wanted to give back the passion of this sport of trampoline and what it did for me as a young girl and as an athlete so after London I got married I finshed college and we started a gym and the rest is history"

For those who may have aspirations of becoming an Olympian, conway believes the dream starts from within.

"Continue to be positive continue to love dont let your love be based on how people treat you treat people how you want to be treated and continue to forgive continue to do all the things that take the intangibles that make you successful"

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