Riley Day, an Olympian from Australia, gained a sizable internet following after competing in the Olympics in Tokyo.
The sprinter, who took part in the women’s 200-meter race, traveled to Japan without corporate funding, which some athletes depend on to help them focus on their sport.
She spent three years at Woolworths and saved every penny to pay for the trip to the 2020 Olympics in the hopes that it would be successful.
The 21-year-old Queenslander didn’t advance to the final of her event because it wasn’t meant to be for her.
She did, however, clock a personal best of 22.56 seconds, which placed her ninth among Australian women competing in the race.
However, she also attracted a ton of admirers as a result of her post-race interview.
She shouted “holy sh**t” onto the microphone when reviewing her performance with Bruce McAvaney of Channel 7.
“That was a much better race than this morning. I’ve got my groove. I hope it’s the fastest heat so I can get in the final. Because that is a massive PB, that’s awesome,” she said.
“I want to be the best, and nothing is going to stop me from being the best.”
He said: “I’m going to embarrass you; we want Australia to start supporting you. You’re working at Woolies in the produce section. I know you do the shopping for John, who’s 90, and he can’t see, and you do that every week. You’ve got a big heart; you don’t have a sponsor.
“C’mon, Australia, get behind this young lady!”
Hopefully, Ms. Day will get the attention she deserves and will be able to participate in the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Woolies was especially thrilled to watch its young gun compete in this year’s Games.
Before the race, Woolworths published a message on LinkedIn that said it was “proud to see one of our team members represent Australia on the world stage.”
“Riley is an adored team member of our Beaudesert store in regional Queensland and is known for going the extra mile for our customers,” the post read.
“When the ambitious 21-year-old, nicknamed the ‘Beaudesert Bullet’ is not replenishing stock or helping our customers, she’s working tirelessly on the track, training for at least three hours a day, six days a week. Good luck, Riley. We can’t wait to see you on the track!”
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