Instant Replay: Detroit Lions Cheer For Gonzalez During Quest To Make 400m Hurdle Semis
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Detroit Lions cheered for Melissa Gonzalez during her qualification for the 400m hurdle semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Gonzalez is the wife of Lions quarterback David Blough.
During Day 3 of Detroit’s training camp on Friday, July 30, the team held a watch party to see Gonzalez perform.
Gonzalez qualified for the 400m hurdle semis with a Colombian record of 55.32 seconds.
After Gonzalez qualified, Blough and his teammates cheered in the team’s film room.
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“You don’t always get these type of experiences, but to me that embodies enjoying the ride because that was pretty cool,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said during a press conference a day later. “It was a moment, I can tell you that.”
“I wish you all could see the day to day that went into this. In 2017, Melissa said, “I know I belong at the highest level, I’m going to run through Tokyo 2020 and just see what happens,” Blough posted on Instagram. “Here she is in 2021 after a few crazy years. Stronger. Faster. Now, an Olympian! Are you kidding me?!”
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Gonzalez will compete in the 400m hurdle semifinals on Monday, August 2 at 5:30 a.m. (MDT).
Blough and the Lions begin their preseason against the Buffalo Bills on August 13. Detroit’s regular season-opener is against the San Francisco 49ers on September 12.