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Gold Medalist Brittney Reese welcomed home

The excitement couldn't have been bigger as Reese waved the gold medal around for everyone to see. The excitement couldn't have been bigger as Reese waved the gold medal around for everyone to see.
Hundreds of Mississippians came out last night to give Olympic Gold Medalist Brittney Reese a big welcome home. Hundreds of Mississippians came out last night to give Olympic Gold Medalist Brittney Reese a big welcome home.

(WMC-TV) – Hundreds of Mississippians came out Friday night to give Olympic Gold Medalist Brittney Reese a big welcome home.

The Olympic long jump champ showed off her medal and gave thanks to her friends and family for all their support.

Decked out in red, white and blue, hundreds screamed as the Mississippi Gold Medalist returned home from London.  Waving flags, holding signs and gifts, the audience went wild giving Reese a hero's welcome home.  But as the winner took the podium the crowds quickly hushed.

"I would like to just present this to ya'll and show ya'll what ya'll have done," said Reese.

The excitement couldn't have been any bigger as she waved the gold medal around for everyone to see.

"I wish you could just translate the energy that was here," stated Representative Steven Palazzo.  "She is an awesome person and not only brought home the gold medal, but she has a heart of gold and we are so proud of her," he added.

The community is more than just proud, they are also inspired by the young athlete.

"When she did it ,it gave me chills really because it showed if you put your mind to something you can definitely achieve it," said fan Sabria Wells.

"She's an inspiration to the entire community, the entire state. She's worked hard and deserves the gold she won," stated fan Clay Williams.

While many came to congratulate the Olympian or take a picture with her, one young boy had a big question he hoped to ask her.

"Will she marry me," asked Kaleb Anderson.

Reese left before he could pop the question but it is certain she felt the outpouring of love from South Mississippi.

"They turn out for their home town heroes, so it's just been a wonderful evening," Palazzo said.

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