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Local Olympian Competing This Week

Local Olympian Competing This Week Click to Enlarge Photo: Mark Lipson, Photos.com

Aug 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - St. Cloud Tech graduate Alise Post gets her turn in London this week, competing in the BMX competition at the Olympic games.

When Post competes for a gold medal at the Olympic Games starting Wednesday, she will have a local contingent in London to cheer her on.

"Actually a number of years ago when she was a student at Tech High School...I gave an award to Elise for really representing the St. Cloud community and tech high school," St. Cloud Mayor Dave Klies said. "I told then if you're ever in the Olympics I'd be there to cheer you on. So I'm going to keep my word and go there to cheer her on. We'll be waiting to see Alise bring home the gold."

Kleis says it's quite an honor to have a hometown girl in the Olympics.

"It is a rarity, first of all Alise is a remarkable young woman who came back from a tremendous injury and adversity, and she's worked really hard not only to make it to the Olympics but she really has a chance to bring home a medal," Kleis said.

A tremendous BMX athlete throughout her life, Post also competed in gymnastics growing up in the area. Kleis said if not for her age, Post could have been on this stage before.

"Quite frankly if they didn't have an age restriction when the Olympics were in Beijing she actually would have been there and won the gold then," Kleis said. "Now of course she has met the age restriction and I feel confident she will bring home a medal and we are very proud of her in St. Cloud."

Post has her sights set on a Friday appearance in the BMX medal round.

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