Fallon Cheers For High School Star In Olympics

FALLON, Nev. (AP) - Residents of Fallon, Nev., are cheering on a
hometown star this week as a former high school athlete competes
for a gold medal in the Summer Olympic Games.

A large banner for 25-year-old Aarik Wilson hangs on Fallon's main street, where storefronts display signs rooting on the former resident who was born in Reno and graduated from Churchill County High School.

Wilson is competing in the triple jump and the long jump in Beijing.

To support him, Fallon residents raised enough money to send Wilson's college coach to China to be with Wilson while he competes. Wilson was the 2005 NCAA triple jump and long jump indoor champion with Indiana.

He qualified for the Olympics by winning the triple jump at U.S. trials in Oregon.

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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