COLUMBIA, Mo. — Wrestling Olympian J’den Cox of Columbia continues to celebrate his victory now that he’s made his way back home.
Cox appeared at a public celebration dedicated to him on Wednesday in the Columns Club at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/2ccE6oq ) reports.
The University of Missouri senior won a bronze a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics earlier this summer. About 200 people gathered to hear about his experiences in Rio and to get his autograph.
People were also able to get a good look at the medal, which Cox said he’s been carrying around in his pocket because he doesn’t know where to keep it and he’s afraid of losing it.
Columbia’s first Olympic medalist said he’s happy to be home, and wants to help his school’s wrestling program. Wrestling coach Brian Smith also attended the celebration and said a program becomes stronger after an athlete becomes the first to accomplish something.
Cox is the program’s second Olympian and first medalist. He wrestled during the Olympics with a torn meniscus in his left leg.
Smith said Cox’s win is “probably the most memorable athletic moment” of his own career, coaching or otherwise.
Even though Cox said he’s ready to have a more regular schedule than the one he had in Brazil, he does want to go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com