Downtown Fargo streets come alive with Olympic athletesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The spirit of this year's 30th Olympic Games in London hit the streets of Fargo today. Olympic competitor Amanda Smock and other top-level athletes showcased their talent at Streets Alive.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The spirit of this year's 30th Olympic Games in London hit the streets of Fargo today. Olympic competitor Amanda Smock and other top-level athletes showcased their talent at Streets Alive.
Former Bison Amanda Smock is fresh off of competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Amanda Smock – Olympic Triple-Jump Competitor: “Every second of it lived up to what my expectations would be and what I thought it could be. So, it was just four weeks filled with really cool experiences, day after day.”
The triple jump competitor was back in Fargo to demonstrate her skills at Streets Alive! Smock and other athletes with local ties showcased their skills during Olympic Hour. They jumped, pole-vaulted, and threw javelin for a captivated crowd. Even the children got to join, running alongside top-level athletes.
Thousands of people come to these Streets Alive events - adults and children, walking, biking, and running. The athletes hope through their demonstration, they have inspired more people to do track and field events.
Eric Loeffler – Marathon Runner, Olympic Trials: “It's not something that's a mainstream sport, like football or basketball and things you see on TV all the time. So, I think it's important to, you know, expose people to that.”
Smock says it was an honor to be back in Fargo for the event.
Amanda Smock: “To be able to share a little bit of what I've done in my Olympic journey with the people of Fargo because I have felt so much love and support from the entire community.”
This was the second and final Streets Alive! event for the summer. Organizers hope to continue the tradition again next year.