So, Is Olympic Silver Medalist Nia Ali From Philly or Jersey?
Last night, Nia Ali took the silver medal in an all-American sweep of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Brianna Rollins won gold, and Kristi Castlin took bronze. It was the first time three U.S. women had swept any Olympic track event.
But where is Nia Ali from? Various sources have her from Norristown (Wikipedia), Philadelphia (Philly.com) or Pleasantville, New Jersey (The Press of Atlantic City). To make things more confusing, Ali’s USA Track and Field bio says she graduated in 2006 from West Catholic High School, while other sources note she’s a graduate of Pleasantville High School.
So what gives?
Here it goes: Per her bio when she attended the University of Southern California, Ali was indeed born in Norristown. But she grew up in Germantown, and ran for Mallery Challengers Track Club. She did indeed attend West Catholic High School and credits her friends and family back in Philly as inspiration.
But, before her senior year, she transferred to Pleasantville High in New Jersey. Her family is close with Pleasantville track and field coach Alan Laws. “Everyone in Jersey has had my back, and I appreciate that,” she told the Press of Atlantic City last month.
So complicated! NBC 10 solved the problem by labeling her Philly and N.J.’s Nia Ali. But don’t get too attached: Per her USATF bio, she now lives in North Hollywood, California.
So, last night she got a silver medal, a shoutout from Shaquille O’Neal and a chance to take a victory lap with her son. Not bad for one night’s work.
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