Olympic Gold Medal Winner-World's Fastest Man Back Home in Blountstown

By: Justin Davis
By: Justin Davis

This years Olympic Games are over, and now it's time for the victory tour.

An area home town hero found his way to Blountstown High School Friday.

The fastest man in the world, Justin Gatlin, dropped by the high school to give a few words of encouragement to the students as they prepare for this weekend’s homecoming activities.

Gatlin is from Pensacola, but considers Blountstown his second home. His grandparents and lots of other relatives live there, and he has spent a lot of time with them when growing up.

The Olympic gold medal winner says it felt great to be back in Blountstown with family. “It always feels good to be back where you were raised. Just being back in my old stomping grounds, Blountstown, and of all the towns I have been to this one is really special to me. This is where I grew up with my grandparents around my aunts and uncles and all my cousins. This is family. This is my family oriented place.”

He spent the morning at the high school, and Friday afternoon during the Homecoming parade he was presented with the key to the city by Blountstown city leaders.


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