Nageotte talked about her winning jump, the watch party held by friends and family, and her plans for the future with 3News.
TOKYO, Japan — Fresh off of winning the gold medal in the women’s pole vault at the Tokyo Olympics, Olmsted Falls native Katie Nageotte spent a few moments chatting with 3News.
“This is everything I’ve ever dreamed of and ever wanted,” she told us. “I could not feel luckier, more blessed. I feel just ecstatic.”
The 30-year-old’s victory came after topping the bar at 4.9m early Thursday morning EST.
WATCH: Highlights of Nageotte’s gold medal victory
“That last winning jump, I was more shocked because as I was coming in and as I was rising, I was like, ‘this is not a good jump, there’s no way I’m making this bar.’ I could do that exact jump a thousand more times and not make that bar. I just got very lucky,” Nageotte told us with a laugh.
WATCH: Full replay of Nageotte’s gold medal performance in the women’s pole vault finals (skip ahead to the 116-minute mark to see her medal-winning moment)
While Nageotte was celebrating her win in Tokyo, friends and family erupted in cheers back home at a watch party held at at Fat Little Buddies Tavern in Olmsted Township.
“It was the coolest thing ever,” Nageotte says of the gathering. “I wish I could have been in two places at once because it looks like they had a really good time!’
In addition to those who were watching at Fat Little Buddies, Nageotte is grateful for everyone who has supported her during her Olympic journey. “Thank you. I could say it a thousand times over every day and it wouldn’t be enough. I’m so appreciative to everyone who has done anything from wish me luck, to just liking a picture on social media. I can feel all the support. I felt it out there, even though there were no fans,” she says.
So what’s next for Katie Nageotte? She’s not about to take a break anytime soon. In fact, she’s already looking ahead to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
“Ironically enough, this season isn’t over yet. We have a couple more meets,” Nageotte told us. “Next year’s world championships are in Oregon. I think other than the Olympics, getting to compete on U.S. soil at home for the championships is about as good as it gets. I definitely want to go through next year and the plan is through 2024. I’ll have to take it year by year.”
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