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Welcome home party is today for Gulfport Olympian Brittney Reese
Sun Herald ^ | Aug 11, 2012 | By SCOTT HAWKINS

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at sunherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: goldmetal; mississippi; olympics
There are already plenty of signs of pride across the Coast for the hometown gold medalist, including a series of digital billboards congratulating her.

The five billboards were placed by Lamar Advertising "as a commitment to the community," said Courtney Varhol, traffic coordinator for Lamar Advertising.

1 posted on 08/11/2012 1:24:03 PM PDT by Islander7
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To: duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; ...

Magnolia State PING!


2 posted on 08/11/2012 1:25:54 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

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!


3 posted on 08/11/2012 1:28:34 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Islander7

I live about 1.5 mi out from GPT airport touchdown. Right on the center line. Will wave to her when she flies over.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 2:24:26 PM PDT by Hurricane
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To: Islander7

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!


5 posted on 08/11/2012 2:44:58 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Hurricane

I live about an hour from the airport and I’m thinking I need to head over there - and then hit the casinos....LOL


6 posted on 08/11/2012 2:58:00 PM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: BamaDi

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.”

[ROLL TIDE!]


7 posted on 08/11/2012 3:14:05 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina

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.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 4:03:47 PM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: WXRGina

Gina....are you THAT Gina?


9 posted on 08/11/2012 4:09:19 PM PDT by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: duffee

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.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 4:12:49 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: mpackard

THAT Gina? Maybe... which one?


11 posted on 08/11/2012 4:18:00 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Islander7
she can FLY...


12 posted on 08/11/2012 4:56:37 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: Rio

WOW, what a photograph!


13 posted on 08/11/2012 5:14:03 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina

Oh hell, they always get my money but you’re right - ROLL TIDE ROLL..............


14 posted on 08/11/2012 5:55:31 PM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: BamaDi

Hey, Auburn!
Hey, Auburn!
Hey, Auburn!
We just beat the hell out of you!
Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, give ‘em hell, Alabamer!


15 posted on 08/11/2012 6:13:20 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: logitech

PING!


16 posted on 08/11/2012 6:14:10 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Islander7

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.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 11:52:05 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Islander7

Hope they had a great crowd!


18 posted on 08/12/2012 12:46:24 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: dixiechick2000

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!!


19 posted on 08/12/2012 8:23:41 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7; All
Follow up on the welcome home.

Brittney Reese returns to hero's welcome in Gulport

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.

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More at the link. This young lady is a class act!!

20 posted on 08/12/2012 8:29:00 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

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.


21 posted on 08/13/2012 12:25:44 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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