When the New Jersey native arrived at Easterwood Airport, Olympic champion Athing Mu found a crowd gathered to welcome her.
More than 200 people gathered at Easterwood Airport to watch Tokyo Olympics double gold medallist Athing Mu come back to her native Aggieland.
As she came through the doors, the Olympian became overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of the crowd, and graciously thanked them for welcoming her as the crowd began chanting “USA, USA!”
Texas A&M track star and Olympian Athing Mu broke records and won two gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics, which came to an end last week.
Only 19 years old, Mu was one of the breakout stars of the Tokyo Olympic games, by winning the gold medal in the 800m with a record time of 1:55.21, becoming the first American woman to win the race in 53 years.
She also became the first Aggie, regardless of gender, to win gold in an individual track game.
Her smile was infectious as she dominated a talented 800 meter field to win the gold in that event.
Then, not long before the closing of the games, she anchored Team USA in the 4×400 meter relay to win gold alongside Sydney McLaughlin, Allyson Felix and Dalilah Muhammad. With a final time of 3:16.85, Team USA beat runner-ups Poland and Jamaica by nearly four seconds.
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Though she had a lead when she took the baton, Mu ran the fastest leg in the race and crossed the finish line with no other runners even close to her.
In her Aggie tenure, Mu finished a collegiate record of 49.57 at the NCAA Championship back in June.
Mu, 19, is a New Jersey native and plans to continue her track tenure outside of the NCAA and into the professional arena after the Olympics.