Team USA Long Jumper Tianna Bartoletta Medals at Worlds Despite Being Homeless for Three Months

She overcame her obstacles.


by Marissa Payne via

Tears streamed down the face of Team USA’s Tianna Bartoletta as she collected her bronze medal in the long jump during the final days of the IAAF world championships last weekend. Having previously won gold in the event at worlds twice before, and being the reigning Olympic gold medalist at the long jump, Bartoletta has had better finishes, but she wasn’t crying sad tears. Her tears came from relief — that she could persevere and even succeed through even the darkest of times.

“[Y]ou may find it hard to believe but this Bronze medal is THE most special medal I have ever won,” the 31-year-old wrote on Instagram after collecting her hardware. “Because just three short months ago I had to run away from my own home, I had to decide which of ALL my belongings were the most important, I had to leave my…

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12 thoughts on “Team USA Long Jumper Tianna Bartoletta Medals at Worlds Despite Being Homeless for Three Months

      1. I will still be posting on the political climate in the USA because it affects me personally. The political was and still is personal. America is going down a road that is leading to destruction. I refuse to ignore the suffering of people or stay quiet about the every day racism and bigotry. I don’t know why people choose to live in a fantasy land. It’s like standing in the way of an oncoming boulder while saying useless affirmations.

      2. It’s all going backwards . Some people love to live with their delusions . I do not live there but as a black female I can relate . Here is Barbados . It is not as extreme but people here love to just sweep things under the carpet

      3. Yup! To some degree it is everywhere. As a Black Woman I must speak up. Despite those who would love to see all Black People gone from America this is still my country. I’m not going to pick up and leave though many times over the last few months I wished that I could. Therefore I must do everything in my power to hopefully wake up the sleeping masses. Of course being Black in America really leaves me no choice so I write about what my experiences are. Maybe some enlightenment will come through.

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