The Miami Valley’s medalists in Rio de Janeiro this summer — Clayton Murphy, Grace Norman and Kayla Harrison — were part of a contingent of several hundred U.S. Olympians and Paralympians honored at the White House, Thursday, in a ceremony that featured President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Murphy – a Tri Village High School grad who then starred at the University of Akron – won a bronze medal in 800 meters at the Olymopic Games. He will be honored Friday with a parade through New Madison and then will greet fans at Tri Village football game.
Norman – a Xenia Christian grad who is now a freshman at Cedarville University — won a gold medal in the triathlon at the Paralympic Games and took a bronze medal in the 400 meters.
Harrison, who is from Middletown, won gold for the second straight Olympics in judo’s the 78 kg. class. Her initial gold – the first ever in judo by an American at the Olympics – came in London in 2012.
“That’s one of the most extraordinary things about our Olympic team,” Obama told the athletes who crowded into the East Room. “There’s no kid in America who can’t look at our Olympic team and see themselves somewhere.”