Tennessee State University's track and field program is steeped in Olympics history, with many former Tigerbelles also suiting up for the red, white and blue.
Among those former Olympians is current TSU track coach Chandra "Cheese" Cheeseborough, who once brought home some Olympic gold of her own. She took over the TSU program from her mentor, Ed Temple, who coached many of the sport's most well-known names, such as ex-Tigerbelle and Olympian Wilma Rudolph.
At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Cheeseborough ran the anchor leg for the U.S. women's 4x100 relay team, where she sprinted for gold and set a world record in the process.
"It was so exciting in Los Angeles to stand on the podium, hear the national anthem and see the flag raised. It was an awesome experience," Cheeseborough said.
In all, Cheeseborough claimed two gold medals and a silver at those Olympic Games, her third time making Team USA.
She said she first learned of TSU and Coach Temple from her older sister, also an athlete.
"I was in sixth grade, and I told my mom that 'I am going to go to Tennessee State, and I'm going to win track and make you proud.' And it happened just like that," Cheeseborough said.
Her coaching style has caught the eye of Olympic officials. In 2008, she traveled to Beijing to help coach Team USA. It's an experience Coach "Cheese" now shares with Middle Tennessee athletes every day.
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