Saturday, October 13 2012, 09:50 PM CDT
Local Olympians Make Leave a Mark in Champaign
CHAMPAIGN--Three Champaign natives who represented the U-S in Great Britain this year, now have their own spot on the place where it all started.
"Always came up here and looked at the names and have always wanted to be up here so the fact that has happened truly is a dream come true for me.", said U.S. Women's Discus Thrower, Gia Lewis-Smallwood.
Her along with Nichole Millage, and Tyler McGill, were all honored in front of their community, and congratulated for chasing a dream.
"Having my name on there it just shows that what I did, it worked, and I accomplished that dream. I got to chase something, I got to live it.", said U.S. Men's Swimmer, Tyler McGill.
All three Olympians looked to Champaign's Olympic tribute as children.
Both Lewis-Smallwood and McGill were inspired by it and chased Olympic dreams since childhood.
Nichole Millage's story is a little bit different.
"I didn't grow up with this dream like maybe Tyler and Gia did but I came to find it after my accident and it was something I really wanted to put my 100 percent effort into and it really all has been a dream come true.", she said.
A boating accident took part of her left leg.
But since, she's won two silver medals.
One in the 2008 Paralympic games, and again in this year's.
So while all three of Champaign's Olympians relished the recognition of their hard work, there's still something everyone else can take away.
"It doesn't matter how big or small your dream. Your dream is your dream and if you want to chase it, chase it.", said McGill.
--Reported by David Ade