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Quinn ecstatic after his sister wins Olympic gold

Chicago Bears
03 Aug 2021, 16:37 GMT+10

Larry Mayer

Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn watched with pride and excitement Sunday night as his sister, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, won a gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"It's really still hard to put into words," Quinn told reporters Monday. "It was about hurdle number five, six, I saw her starting to pull off, I know my phone went flying this way and I ran up to the screen and I could see her starting to pull away. I don't know; it's still settling in on me."

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Quinn watched the race at Halas Hall with Bears general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and several teammates. More than 12 hours later, the 11th-year NFL pro was still marveling at his sister's tremendous accomplishment.

"I know football's kind of America's sport," Quinn said. "She went against everyone in the world and beat 'em. That's different. Winning the gold is something to be proud of and knowing that the challenges and all the stuff-of everyone you had to race to get that medal-is still incredible. To be the best in the world, a lot of people don't get to say that. I can say that about my baby sister."

Camacho-Quinn, who competes for Puerto Rico because her mother was born there, set an Olympic record in the semifinals by running a blazing 12.26 seconds and then was timed at 12.37 in the finals.

Quinn said he spoke to Jasmine twice Monday morning.

"Still had the gold medal around her neck," he said. "I'm still in disbelief like, 'Naw, that's not real.' That's my baby sister and she's an Olympian-I don't know, man. I can brag about that, I guess.

"She's still in a little shock-in a good way. You work four years for one opportunity. I could tell there was a fire in her eyes when she came out. She looked calm, but she looked like she was on a mission-and she completed that mission. I just want to see the gold medal in person, so I'm waiting on her to get back."

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