American track and field star Brittney Reese was close to retiring after winning a gold medal in the long jump at the 2012 London Olympics. She suffered a major leg injury, but with the encouragement of her mother, Carla Young, Brittney Reese didn’t give up. Now she’s vying for her second gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. While training for Rio, Reese also became a mother. The 29-year-old Olympic athlete adopted her 8-year-old godson, Alex Wildee, at the beginning of the season.
Reese told USA Track & Field: “I’ve known his [Alex’s] momma since we were kids and he’s actually my godson, so I just felt like I wanted to raise him. I adopted him and he stayed with my mom for like two years, and then I took over this year to just raise him,” Reese said. “It always felt like he was mine anyway since I had helped to raise him since he was born; he is attached to me. He’s active and he listens to me more than anyone else, and it’s just one of those situations where I just wanted him to be in my eyesight at all times. He’s a good boy.” Brittney Reese’s attempt at another gold medal will be televised during the 2016 Summer Olympics Primetime coverage beginning Wednesday, August 17 at 8pm on NBC.
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