As the year comes to an end, the Ithaca Journal is doling out awards and its female athlete of the year is former Cornell All-American Jeomi Maduka, who is training at the Olympic Center under the eye of former Gold madalist Al Joyner.
Wrote Dan Sweeney of the Ithaca Journal wrote about her accomplishments and her remarkable promise:
“Not being able to reach my goal of becoming an NCAA champion at the indoors and being just a couple centimeters away, now that’s tough,” Maduka said.
[Cornell men’s coach Nathan] Taylor tells the story of sitting in the stands with Michael Powell, an Olympic champion and world record holder in the long jump, during the 2008 indoor track and field championships. On one of Maduka’s leaps, she faulted, but jumped more than 24 feet, 4 inches, an unheard of distance for a female.
“He’s at the pinnacle of the sport, and he couldn’t believe it,” Taylor said of Powell. “No one had seen an American women jump like that since Marion Jones, and now we know she wasn’t clean when she was doing it. And we know Jeomi is.”
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