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Local Olympic medalists will be “inStudio” on WSRE this Thursday

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PENSACOLA, Fla., May 23, 2016—The Games of the XXXI Olympiad—Rio 2016—are just around the corner. For a look back at past Summer Olympics and to learn what it takes to win at the games, local Olympic medalists Frank Spellman, Catie Ball and Beth Barr, along with Willie and Jeanette Gatlin—parents of Olympic champion Justin Gatlin—will share their stories with WSRE’s “inStudio” host Rameca Vincent Leary during a 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 broadcast.

Spellman earned a gold medal in weightlifting in the 1948 London Summer Olympics; Ball won a gold medal on the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay swim team in the 1968 Olympiad in Mexico City; and Barr won a silver medal swimming the backstroke leg for the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Track and field star Justin Gatlin won the 100-meter gold medal, the 4x100-meter relay silver medal and the 200-meter bronze medal in Athens in 2004; he also was awarded the 4x100-meter silver medal and 100-meter bronze medal in London in 2012. Gatlin is currently preparing to compete in this year’s Olympic Games, and his run against Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt is among the top storylines to follow. A U.S. sprinter has not won an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter since Gatlin was victorious in 2004.

Discussions will span decades of Olympic history and tell personal accounts of the triumphs and challenges involved in reaching and participating at this level of athletic competition while representing the United States.

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Mary Riker