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Duncanville Olympian Going for Gold

High jumper qualifies to compete Saturday



    Olympic high jumper Brigetta Barrett's mother says her daughter is ready to leap for gold in London. (Published Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012)

    An Olympian from Duncanville is jumping to new heights.

    Brigetta Barrett qualified for the finals in the high jump competition on Thursday.

    Her mother, Lottie Barrett, is with her in London to watch it all in person and cheer her on.

    "I am going to see my baby in the Olympics! Yay! In London," said Barrett a day before she boarded her plane.

    Her daughter was introduced to the high jump in high school.

    "She tried it. Someone spoke with her, and she tried it, and she was good at it," said Barrett.

    Her high school years were split between New York and Texas.

    She won a state title in New York and then moved to Duncanville, where she won two more.

    "If she medals -- oh my God; I told her, I said, 'Baby, you know, when you have a family and you have your children -- oh my God -- they are going to be so proud that their mother was in the Olympics," she said.

    And while her daughter is focused on medaling, she also knows in a special way she has already won.

    "It's a very beautiful thing when you get to do what you love and what you enjoy and you're good at it and you make it to the top of it. It's a very beautiful thing. It's a beautiful thing," Barrett said.

    Barrett's high jump finals are Saturday at 1 p.m. and no matter the outcome, her mother said fans will probably see her daughter in Rio de Janeiro come 2016.