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Local Track Star Wins Gold
A local gold medalist is back at home after winning two events at the Annual Junior Olympics.
Azariyah Bryant has won five gold medals in the past two years in track and field events.
Azariyah says that there are no friends on the field, it's a competition. But after they're done running, the athletes always give hugs to each other and say "good job."
With hard work and practice, Azariyah is making a name for herself in track and field. And she says other kids should never give up on their dreams.
"We're going to run from this curb and we'll go to the garbage can. Okay?"
Azariyah Bryant and Lonzell Hill, have a bond: track star and coach.
The founder of Moe-Hills Incorporated first met his nine-year-old gold medalist, when Azariyah's father called, wanting to get his daughter involved in track and field.
"First of all, I had no idea who Azariyah was and they told me, man do you understand who that is? That's Azariyah Bryant who can fly," says Hill.
This year, Azariyah flew right past all of her competition in the 100 meter and 200 meter events.
She came in first place at the AAU Junior Olympics in Michigan.
Last year, she won three medals at the Annual Junior Games.
"At first I was all worried. I was scared of who the girls I was going against were, but when I started running, I felt better about it," says Bryant.
The Colerain Elementary School student practices constantly.
"Go. Eyes here Hands higher Perfect form Follow me. Eyes to my chest. Eyes to my chest."
She shows the commitment and drive it takes to win.
"Take off. When I say take off, you take off to the fence okay? Go. Go!"
Azariyah has words of encouragement for other kids who have goals.
"I would tell them always do a good job and don't give up, but always keep working on it so you can get better."
Her coach says all of his runners are like his own children.
"Tips are even better huh? Yeah? Were going to make strong tips, strong tips, like Mr. Miyagi, Karate."
Azariyah's coach says high schools are already looking at her for their track and field programs.
He's hoping she can get athletic scholarships for college with her talents.
Azariyah says Olympian Allyson Felix is one of her role models.