On Friday, July 30, a video of Detroit Lions’ QB, David Blough, praising his Olympian wife, Melissa Gonzalez, surfaced on Twitter. The NFL star’s significant other is a hurdler representing Colombia in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Many fans have since shared the heartwarming video on the social media site. Melissa finished second and will now compete in the semifinal race on Monday, August 2nd.
After the event, two videos surfaced on Twitter. One of them featuring David watching his wife Melissa’s hurdle race live. The second one features the Detroit Lions’ QB praising his wife while talking to the press after her impressive performance.
Who is Melissa Gonzalez?
27-year-old Melissa is an Olympic hurdler for Colombia. She was born in El Paso, Texas, to parents Hector and Temple Gonzalez. The athlete has three siblings – Samantha, Christian and Lily. She is a University of Texas graduate and is a Major in Sports Management.
She has been a track and field athlete since her college days. Even before her Olympics appearance, Melissa had made a brilliant name for herself. For instance, during her college years between 2012 and 2013, she finished 7th in the 600y Big 12 Championships. She also finished 16th in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.
One of her better achievements from her college days is a second-place finish in the 400m hurdle race at the Texas Invitational in 2013.
Colombian Athlete’s Olympics performance explored
The 27-year-old Olympian surged through the back half of her 400m race on Friday. She finished second and qualified for Monday’s semifinal, recording a personal best time of 55.32 seconds. Ukraine’s Viktoriya Tkachuk bagged the first place.
The viral video of David watching his wife’s race shows him seated in the front row of a large auditorium. He was accompanied by his fellow teammates and a few members of the Lions’ coaching staff. As the race began, the Detroit Lions star shouted words of encouragement at the screen.
The constant shaking of his legs showed just how anxious he was about the race. He jumped off his seat as Melissa finished 2nd, celebrating the moment of triumph with everyone in the room.
Talking about it later, the 26-year-old said: “Turning around and people clapping, it was thunderous.”
A look at Melissa’s relationship with NFL star David Blough
David and Melissa met in high school and started dating back in 2012. At the time, Melissa was an up and coming athlete, while David played football at Purdue University, Indiana.
They dated for a few years but sadly, distance got the best of them and they ended things. However, the pair reconnected after two years and got back together. They tied the knot in 2019 and have been happily married for three years now.