Janay DeLoach has waited four years for another opportunity. It’s here now.
On Tuesday, the former Eielson High School star will compete in the women’s long jump representing the United States. In 2012, DeLoach launched herself to a bronze medal in London. Now, she’s aiming for another great showing in Rio.
“I’m still in awe. It’s a completely new place,” she told KTVA’s Dave Leval a few weeks ago before leaving for Rio. “I know I’m going to go out there and compete to the best of my abilities, that’s all I can do, I can’t ask any more of myself.”
The athlete only lived in Alaska for four years — her time at Eielson High School — but still holds a strong positive feeling toward the state. Last month, she was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame along with runner Don Clary.
A graduate of Colorado State University, the 30-year-old resides in Fort Collins, Colorado where she works as an occupational therapist. She’s ready for one more shot at gold and glory.
“It’s just the pinnacle you’ve worked for,” she said.