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LISTEN: Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo — Track & Field Champion Brittney Reese & Her Heart Of Gold

Each week leading up to just before the Tokyo Olympics, NBC 7 News Today anchor Steven Luke will profile San Diego's Olympic athletes

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On this episode of our podcast, Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo, we chat with three-time Olympic long jumper Brittney Reese, who won a gold medal in 2012 and a silver medal in 2016. She gives us a glimpse inside the life of a professional track and field athlete who has risen to become an all-time great.

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As the indoor American record holder in the long jump, Reese, now 34 years young, has said Tokyo will be her last Olympics if she qualifies.

Reese may be a living legend on the track -- where she is known for showing up with big-time performances on the largest of stages -- but her most incredible accomplishment could be how she quietly showed up for her best friend off the track.

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Brittney Reese at 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

Reese stepped up to raise her best friend's son as her own and has embraced the role as a single mom while traveling the globe as a professional athlete.

She shares how that experience has shaped her personal life.

Brittney Reese will undoubtedly go down in American history alongside Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the long jump, but if she can find the podium one more time at the Olympics, she may just become the GOAT.

Listen/Subscribe to NBC 7’s Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo podcast wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts. On each episode, NBC 7 News Today anchor Steven Luke will sit down with athletes in their prime, each with their sights set on one thing: representing Team USA in Tokyo this summer. How will they achieve their Olympic dreams?

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