Tianna Bartoletta is soaring to new heights! The track and field star leaped to her personal best at the 2016 Rio Olympics and took home the gold medal in the women’s long jump. So, what other amazing qualities does this athlete have? Find out here!
Tianna Bartoletta, 30, recently proved she’s a force to be reckoned with. The track and field champion proudly waved around the American flag in the Olympics stadium after winning gold in the women’s long jump on Aug. 17. On top of that, she’s as humble as it gets and loves to commend her hard-working competitors. This athlete is an all-around superstar and we’ve got the top 5 things you should know about her:
1. Tianna scored the best personal leap of her career at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Wow! The athlete clearly had all of the elements right with her speed, agility and balance for this year’s big games. She jumped a staggering 23 feet, 6 1/4 inches, defeating the reigning gold medalist Brittney Reese. But, Tianna gave credit where it was due, telling reporters, “Brittney brings it every single time.”
2. She’s a two-time world champion.
Tianna won her titles a decade apart, which proves she’s not one to give up on her dreams. In 2005, she took home the gold medal at the World Outdoor Championships in Athletics. She competed again in Aug. 2015 and won first place for her impressive display, even surpassing her previous score. Tianna also contributed to USA’s world record-setting 4×100 relay in the 2012 Olympic Games. Get it, girl!
3. Tianna also landed a place on the United States bobsledding team.
Tianna became a member of the Team USA bobsled team in Oct. 2012. (She was one of three track and field stars invited to do so!) After practicing her skills, she and her teammate Elana Meyers ended up placing third in her FIRST career World Cup competition. That’s got to feel pretty good!
4. Despite being an Olympian, she still is a major fan of pizza.
YAS! Being a professional athlete, especially a track and field star, usually means a TON of exercise and healthy dieting. Tianna did all that and more before the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she was looking forward to enjoying that long-awaited cheat day. “I can’t wait until I can eat a pizza,” she said after her jump, according to USA Sports.
5. Her maiden name is Tianna Madison.
Tianna found love with investment banker John Bartoletta in 2012. That very same year, she began going by her married surname following the Olympics. She thought it was serendipitous that she met her future husband and competed in the big games around the same time. She even thanks him for reinvigorating her passion for the track. Aww!
HollywoodLife, what is the most interesting fact about Tianna in your opinion?!