Hometown Olympian looking for your help
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Discus thrower Jason Young has secured his spot on the US Olympic team. However, he can't imagine competing without his wife and 1-year-old son cheering him on in the stands.
"She's been with me this whole entire time... So more than anything, it's important for her to be there. She's been my support system," Jason Young said.
Young's Olympic trials were held just last week, making it hard for the family to plan in advance for the trip. With the opening ceremonies fast approaching, it could take $3 to $5,000 dollars for Megan and their son Omo to get to London.
"You can't make plans 'til you're on the team. It's really huge for our family, it's something that's been a part of our lives for a long time," Jason Young said.
Young met his wife Megan while they were both athletes at Texas Tech, competing in the same event. Therefore, she knows exactly what her husband has had to endure to get to this point. She says she's imagined his Olympic moment for a while now.
"Before the Olympic Trials, I would kind of think ok this is what it's going to be like and I would stop myself and think don't jinx it, don't jinx it, just see what happens. So now I'm really getting to picture it and think about how awesome it's going to be," Megan Young said.
She says their family will have to make significant financial sacrifices to make the trip happen and would be disappointed if her and her son didn't get to go.
"I would just kind of be like 'oh', especially if he does really well and I wouldn't be there to have that great moment and especially if he makes the medal stand, I would feel terrible about that," Megan Young said.
The family is asking the friendly people of West Texas to lend a hand and help Megan and Omo get there. Jason says he doesn't want to experience to Olympics without his family.
Jason Young is holding an Autograph singing session on July 14th at Zach's Club. If you are interested in donating you can email Jason directly at Jason@fitbyjasonyoung.com
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