Friday, August 19, 2016

Gold Again! Tianna Bartoletta and Team USA Wins Another Gold in the 4x100m Relay!

Congratulation to Tianna Bartoletta and the USA 4x100 Women's Relay Team for winning another gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Go Tianna! 4x100m Relay Tonight - Thursday, August 18, 2016

After a thrilling Wednesday night that resulted in a gold medal for Elyria-native Tianna Bartoletta in the Women's Long Jump, there was more excitement this morning during the qualifying rounds of the Women's 4x100m relay.  Tianna brilliantly ran the first leg of the relay, but later in the race one of her teammates was bumped during a handoff and dropped the baton.  The team successfully filed an appeal and will race their qualifying round tonight around 7:00pm.  They will be alone on the track and need to post a time of 42.70 or better to advance into the finals, so they will need all of our support and well-wishes.  You can read more about it on

Go Tianna!  You've already made us proud beyond words, but we'd love to see you win another medal!  Go Tianna, go!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Congratulations to Tianna Bartoletta, Gold Medalist in the Women's Long Jump!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Reminder: Tianna Bartoletta's Quest for Gold Continues Tonight!

Here's a friendly reminder that Elyrian, Gold-Medal Winner, and World-Champion Tianna Bartoletta will continue her quest for gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio tonight! Tonight she will be competing in the Women's Long Jump qualifying round, which is scheduled to start around 8pm.   Tianna has a vast amount of experience winning in Long Jump competitions, earing the title of NCAA Champion twice and gold medals in the 2005, 2006, and 2015 World Championships. 

Once again, the entire City of Elyria is behind you, Tianna! You've already proven that you're a champion, and tonight, when you're competing against the greatest athletes in the world, no matter what the results, you're going to make us proud once again.  Go Tianna, Go!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Go Tianna, Go!

On behalf of all of Elyria, best wishes to Tianna Bartoletta as she begins her events today.  Ely square is decorated in her honor (see more pictures below) and a sea of students, residents and fans are wearing red and white to show their support today.  Go, Tiana, go!  The City of Elyria is behind you!
Some of the Rio Events run on a tape delay, but for those who want to watch things live or don't have other means to watch on TV, you can legally stream many of the events in real time on the NBC Olympics site here. In the meantime, while you wait for the fun to start, here are a few good articles about Tianna, including her achievements, goals, and training:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Saturday August 6 is Kids' Day at the Elyria Farmer’s Market!

The Elyria Farmers Market will hold its 2nd Annual Kids Day event this Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9:00am – 1:00pm at 328 Broad Street in Elyria. Invest Elyria has made arrangements for a variety of kid and family-friendly events and appearances throughout the day, including live music, games, free giveaways for kids, a bounce house, and an appearance from Andy the Ambulance!

They will also provide a great opportunity to teach your kids the importance of safety (and have fun at the same time!). Elyria Police and Fire Departments as well as LifeCare Ambulance will be on site with a police car, a firetruck, and an ambulance for Safety Forces Show-and-Tell. Food vendors will be available selling some great local fare, as will more than 25 local vendor booths with a variety of produce and hand-crafted items for sale.

And to add some artistic flare to the festivities, the Elyria Arts Council will continue to work on one of the tremendous murals being painted on the walls encompassing Pioneer Plaza during the event! One of the artists will be on-hand to answer your questions and receive input on them as they progress towards capturing moments and memories from our past and present in paint.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a great day of family fun on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Elyria Farmers Market!

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Ely Square will be transformed next week into a sea of red and white ribbons and a banner celebrating, honoring and encouraging Elyria’s very own Olympian Tianna Bartoletta as this State, USA, World and Olympic champion prepares to compete in her second Olympics in Rio.

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda has proclaimed August 12, 16 and 18 as Olympian Tianna Bartoletta Days. “Tianna’s hometown of Elyria, Ohio is so very proud of her and we are encouraging residents to show their support by joining the City and displaying red and white ribbons, the color of Tianna’s Elyria High School alma mater, in visible places, like outdoor lanterns, doors, and fences” said Brinda.

Tianna will compete on August 12 at 10:55am in the Women’s 100 Meter, on August 16 at 8:05pm in the Women’s Long Jump, and on August 18 at 10:20am in the Women’s 4 x 100 meter relay.   “Of course we want her to win, but regardless, she’s already an Olympic and world champion and a hero to many young girls and others in her hometown,” said Brinda.  “On and off the track, whether it’s been in world class athletic competitions, academic classrooms, or taking time out to mentor young girls, Tianna has already proven she is a world-class human being.”

Ranked #1 in the world today in the Women’s Long Jump, Bartoletta’s athletic accomplishments are too many to mention, but some highlights include: USA Outdoor Champion – 100 meter; USA Indoor Champion – 60 meter; Gold Medal – Long Jump, 2015 World Outdoor Championships; Gold Medal – Long Jump, 2005 Helsinki World Championships; Silver Medal - Long Jump, 2006 Moscow World Championships; Bronze Medal – 60 meter, Istanbul World Indoor Championships; Gold Medal – 4 x 100 Relay, 2012 London Olympic Games; and many more accomplishments.

“We wish Tianna all the strength necessary to compete among the most elite athletes on this planet, and we are sending across the continents the well wishes of over 54,000 of her strongest supporters in Elyria, Ohio,” said Brinda.

A formal proclamation recognizing Tianna Bartoletta for her tremendous accomplishments can be viewed by clicking here.