RIO, Brazil – It was a big day for Cabot native Lexi Weeks as she made her Olympic debut with her family there to cheer her on.
A flood of emotions is the only way to describe the Weeks family after 19-year-old Lexi finished her first appearance in the summer games.
“I just competed in the Olympics, and that’s something I’m never going to forget for the rest of my life.”
Weeks didn’t advance to the pole vault finals
“I can’t say that I’m not disappointed in my performance today, but it has been a long season, and I’m just grateful to be here. I truly am,” she said.
After the U.S. Trials, the Weeks family thought Rio wasn’t even an option.
But a southern town came together to support one of its own. Cabot residents raised more than $15,000 to send Lexi’s mother, father and twin sister to the games.
Unmistakable pride and a giving spirit are a gold winning combination for a hometown and it’s Olympian.
“It was overwhelming, humbling, and I’m so thankful to everyone who donated. Not just financially but emotionally and just sent their support and encouragement. I can’t thank everyone enough,” she said.