Skip to comments.Welcome home party is today for Gulfport Olympian Brittney Reese
Posted on 08/11/2012 1:24:01 PM PDT by Islander7
Gulfport's Brittney Reese, who won a gold medal Wednesday in the women's long jump at the 2012 London Olympics, is scheduled to arrive home today, and a huge crowd is expected to greet her.
The city has organized a welcome home celebration today at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and everyone is encouraged to be at the airport by 6 p.m. Reese's plane is scheduled to arrive at the airport at 6:30 p.m.
"We ask all public and media to arrive by 6 p.m., and the public to carpool if at all possible," said a press release from the airport. "Complimentary parking vouchers will be provided.
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Gulfport was home for 3+ years in the 1980s. I don’t recall any world-class athletes at that time. Congrats Brittney and congrats Gulf Coast that the lady has made you proud!
I live about 1.5 mi out from GPT airport touchdown. Right on the center line. Will wave to her when she flies over.
She’s really made the whole Coast proud (we live right off the beach in Gulfport).
Today at the radio station where I work I saw a big, nice professionally printed sign our company had made saying “Congratulations, Brittney!” with one of our radio station logos on it.
It ought to be a great welcome home gathering at the airport!
I live about an hour from the airport and I’m thinking I need to head over there - and then hit the casinos....LOL
If you hit the casinos, be sure not to give them any of your money—they’ll take it! :-) They have good food, though, and with that, at least you get a return on your “investment.”
She did good. Too late for us to make it we’re in the NW corner of the state, 360 miles from Gulfport / Biloxi. We go to the coast every chance we get, use any excuse we can find.
Gina....are you THAT Gina?
You’re a ways away!
We’re only about five minutes from the airport, but we’re lame from working all week out in the heat and are just resting in the A/C.
The crowds will be good for her, I know, though. The mayor and the marching band, banners, etc. It’ll be really nice.
THAT Gina? Maybe... which one?
WOW, what a photograph!
Oh hell, they always get my money but you’re right - ROLL TIDE ROLL..............
We just beat the hell out of you!
Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, give ‘em hell, Alabamer!
Hey, you! So...you’re in FL now? Whereabouts?
I was turned off by that big, creepy baby in the opening ceremonies, and then the new ruling in gymnastics where there can be only 2 from each country in the all-around, instead of the top 24, that I haven’t watched much of the Olympics.
However, I made a point of watching Brittney! I was so proud of her! Not only is she a wonderful ambassador for this country, and Mississippi in particular, but she was warm, sweet, humble and beautiful.
I loved every minute of the coverage of her, and am very proud of her.
Hope they had a great crowd!
I am living in Sebring at the moment. Being trained for a management position and will be transferred 50 miles further south soon, hopefully.
All is well with me, thanks.
I have not watched one minute of the Olympics. Too much PC BS for me make my BP rise. Read a detailed review of the opening in the Brit press. The folks blasted it in the comment section!!
Flashing a winning smile and a golden medal, Olympic athlete Brittney Reese thanked the supporters
who gathered to welcome her home to Mississippi on Saturday.
"I'd like to present this to y'all and show y'all what you've done," she said, holding up the velvet-
encased gold medal she won Aug. 8 in London.
Between 800 and 1,000 supports gathered at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to welcome
Reese back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
More at the link. This young lady is a class act!!
Oooooh! I love central/SW Florida! Glad to see that you aren’t on an island that can tip over. I guess there’s at least one who thinks Florida might break off. lol
Hawaii is very expensive, but what a wonderful experience you had living there! Glad you are home, and I hope you enjoy living in Florida as much as I did.