At just twenty-two years old, University of Texas long jumper Tara Davis has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and she had the best reaction to it.
Over the weekend, Davis stormed through the trials, qualifying in second place to one of her idols, Brittney Reese. The Olympic gold medalist qualified in first place with a 7.13m/23-04.75 (+1.3) jump with Davis trailing just 3.5 inches behind her.
"I've literally been watching [Reese] since I was a youngin', since I started track when I was 4 years old," Davis said in an interview after qualifying for Tokyo. She added that she has been starstruck throughout the Trials: "I've only seen [Reese] on TV, but now I'm jumping with her... That's insane!"
"I can't put into words how I'm feeling right now, there just are so many emotions," Davis told Texas Sport. "I say it all the time, I didn't think I was going to be here. I was going through so much I just didn't ever think I was going to be at the Olympic Trials. But here I am, and I was so grateful for the opportunity, and I took advantage of it. Once I got into the finals, I was not going out, I was not going miss out on making the team. So here I am, and I'm an Olympian! I couldn't be happier!"
Davis has been catching the attention of the sporting world for a while now. She is currently the NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump champion and collegiate indoor and outdoor record holder. Impressive, right? And it only gets better. She is also the only woman in UT's history to clear twenty-two feet in the long jump and currently holds the record for the school's top thirteen outdoor long jumps.
The first-time Olympian will also be competing in the event, alongside her boyfriend, Hunter Woodhall, who is a 2-time Paralympic gold-medalist in his own right. Woodhall qualified for the prestigious occasion just a few days prior to his girlfriend and was there to be the first to congratulate her when she did. Couple goals or what? Davis' parents were also in attendance to watch their daughter live out her dreams.
Keep an eye out for Tara Davis this summer, she'll be sure to make waves.