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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 31: Melissa Gonzalez (C) of Team Colombia reacts after competing in round one of the Women's 400m hurdles heats on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Melissa Gonzalez, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough, has enjoyed a fantastic run at the Olympics.

After some fierce racing last week, Gonzalez – who is representing Colombia in Tokyo – qualified for the 400-meter hurdle semifinals. Her running time was 55.32 seconds, setting a Colombian national record.

At the semifinals, which took place Monday morning (Aug. 2), she finished sixth and, unfortunately, was eliminated from the final race. Even so, we’re so proud to have some of the Lions family representing in Tokyo.

The Detroit Lions offered moral support to Gonzalez throughout her journey in Tokyo.

“We just watched Melissa Gonzalez run there,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said in his Monday (Aug. 2) press conference before the Lions’ training camp practice.

He added, “I wish David could be out there for her, but she gave them hell, man. She gave them it all — she pushed it, man. I’m proud of her and I know he is and I wish he could be out there for her.”

I personally think it’s inspiring to see a couple who both excel in athletics. Maybe the Lions can draft her to the team? Just sayin’.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com and tweet at her @AnneErickson!