Rio hosts Olympic gold medalist

Mary Wineberg won a gold medal for the United States
at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It's not every day that an Olympic gold medalist can be found strolling across the campus of the University of Rio Grande, but one did just that in July.

Mary Wineberg was a guest speaker at the 2014 Rio Grande Track & Field Camp, signing autographs and taking photos with campers and the public following her presentations to both the Track & Field Camp and Distance Camp participants.

After a break for lunch, Wineberg stuck around to conduct a handful of drills for campers.

"It was a great opportunity to have Mary speak to the camps and to the community. It's very rare that you get to meet an Olympian and it's even more special to meet an Olympic gold medalist," said Rio Grande director of track & field/cross country Steve Gruenberg. "Mary gave a great speech on what it takes to be great and to never give up on your dreams. It was a great message for everyone to hear, not just athletes."

Wineberg, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. who now resides in Cincinnati, ran the lead leg for the United States' 4x400m gold medal-winning relay team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Her career highlights also include a runner-up finish in the 2008 Olympic Trials, a gold medal in the 4x400m at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships, a silver medal in the 4x400m at the 2006 World Indoor Championships and a bronze medal in the 4x400m at the 2003 World Indoor Championships.

“I could tell that everyone in that auditorium was hanging onto every word that she had to say," Gruenberg said. "I think that it's an experience that people will talk about for a long time. I'm hoping that we can use Mary in the future in camps and other opportunities. I can't say thank you enough times to Mary and her husband, Chris, for what they were able to do for us.”