You won't find her on any lists of U.S. Olympians, but a Medford High grad with strong roots in the city is participating in this year's summer games.
Arantxa King, representing Bermuda in the Olympics for the second time, is set to compete in the long jump tomorrow, Aug. 7.
King was born in Bermuda, but grew up in Medford. Her mother, Branwen, a Bermuda native, is the assistant athletic director at Tufts University and former track and field competitior. Her father, Adrian, is a former world-class circket player and now a Kindergarten teacher at Brooks Elementary School. She went to Medford High School where she stood out in track and soccer, and she has spent the last four years on scholarship at Stanford University.
King will be looking to improve on her performance from the games in Beijing, where she failed to make it beyond the group stage, Branwen Smith-King said in a phone interview last week before heading to London to join her daughter. But she's also enjoying the experience of meeting other athletes from around the world.
"That’s one of the real delights of being in the Olympics," Smith-King said.
Along with the athletics pedigree from her parents, King's sister was also a track star, earning All-American honors at Brown. But that wasn't always the plan, Smith-King said.
"My girls were supposed to be like Serena and Venus (Williams)," she said. "But they did track and tennis."
King has starred in Track and Field at Stanford University for the last four years, where she also received Bachelors and Master's degrees. After the Olympics she's going to make a run at the professional ranks, Smith-King said.
"She going to give being a professional athlete a shot," she said. "The Olympics will be a good test for her for that next level."
Qualifying for the long jump takes place at 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 7. The final takes place at 3 p.m. ET on Aug. 8.