Olympian Jenny Simpson returned home for the Oviedo Fitness 5K and Wellness Expo as well as a special ceremony at Oviedo High School where she graduated in 2005. The school track was officially renamed the "Jenny Simpson Track". Connor Holden caught up with her on Saturday to talk about her homecoming, season plans, and much more.
Her high school coach Jay Getty, who is now at Hagerty, took to social media to thank everyone involved.
"A special thanks to the many people that helped make this a reality ," he said. "The most amazing part of the day was watching her interact with all of the participants, spectators, vendors, and staff. With all the accomplishments, she really is just Jenny, world class athlete and world class person!"
In high school she collected eight state championships at Oviedo under coach Jay Getty (three in track and five in cross country) and was a two-time Foot Locker South champion.
Professionally, she set an American Record in the 3,000m at the 2008 Olympics, won the 2011 outdoor championship in the 1,500m in Daegu , South Korea, captured bronze in the 1,500m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and recently brought home a silver medal in the 1,500m from the World Championships in London.
We continue to be proud of Jenny and look forward to even greater accomplishments!