Johnson Wins Bronze Medal at Youth Olympics in China

8/28/2014
 
Photo: NSAFPhoto (Joy Kamani - National Scholastic Athletics Foundation)

The second edition of the Youth Olympics recently took place in Nanjing, China.  Virginia's own Brandee Johnson (Nansemond River, Va.) finished an impressive 3rd place in the 200m to earn a bronze medal.  Her time was 24.28
 
Johnson was one of only sixteen athletes selected to represent Team USA in track & field.  She earned her Team USA spot after competing in the U.S. Area Olympic Trials in April in Florida where she won the 200m in 23.76.
 
"My ultimate goal is to make the USA Olympic team, so for me it is an honor to make the team and then earn a medal, stated Johnson.  "I think it is a great stepping stone towards my goal and an awesome experience. I have had so much support from my family, friends and coaches to make it this far. I am honored to represent my family, Nansemond River High School, 5 Star Athletics, the state of Virginia, and of course the United States of America in China. It's overwhelming right now."
 
Johnson is a Junior at Nansemond River High School.  She won the Virginia 4A 200m title in the spring in a personal best time of 23.64.

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About the Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games are a sporting event for young people, balancing sport, education and culture. These Games work as a catalyst in these fields throughout the Olympic Movement.  Athletes born in 1997 and 1998 are eligible to compete in the games.  This is the 2nd edition of the Youth Olympic Games.  The inaugural Games took place in 2010 in Singapore.