Two Quad City natives compete in Olympics

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MOLINE, Illinois - A couple Quad City coaches have been paying close attention to the Olympics, especially tomorrow when two certain Olympians compete. They'll be watching two of their own.

Before Madison Keys was known as a tennis superstar, she was a shy eight-year-old who loved the game.

"She would hit 50 serves in a row from the baseline by the time she was eight-years-old she was already doing that," said her former coach, Tim Baldridge.

Baldridge coached her for a few years before Keys and her family moved.

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The Quad Cities isn't just competing on the Olympic tennis courts in Rio, a homegrown Olympian is also on the track.

"She definitely had natural ability watching her in middle school and I remember approaching her and trying to persuade her run cross-country as a freshmen," said Moline High School cross-country coach, Tauwon Taylor.

He coached Aisha Praught. She set her own records in high school and now is hoping to make a run in the steeplechase at the Olympics.

"Anything is possible if you set your mind to it and you're dedicated and you work hard then sure enough you can sky the limit," said Taylor.

He'll be watching Praught Saturday Morning on TV, cheering her on with others in the Quad Cities.

"I've always told her there's no regrets just go out there and do your best. When you look back you know that you left it all on the track and I'm certain she'll do that tomorrow," said Taylor.

Praught will be competing in the first round of the steeplechase for Jamaica Saturday, August 13th at 8am. Keys will be competing for a bronze metal say day at 10am.

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