JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A local Olympian is getting ready to make his way back home from the London Games. The Junction City native has stunned the international track scene with his rapid journey from a virtual unknown to an elite athlete.
For Betty Young, it's hard not to get emotional when she thinks about her son, Isiah, being on the track with the fastest men in the world at the Olympics.
"Since day one, he’s always tried to do things to make me proud and every time I think I’m as proud as I can get, he does something else to make me even more proud. This experience has been, I mean, words cannot describe how proud I am of him. He’s my Olympic hero. That’s what I’ve been telling everybody. He’s my Olympic hero no matter how he did. He tried his best and that’s all I expected," she told 13 News.
The 22-year-old sprinter from Junction City placed third in Round 1 of the Men’s 200 meter and 8th in the semifinals this week.
It’s Young's rise to the stop of his sport that’s been making headlines because, like his running, it was fast. His career started only four years ago on the track at Junction City High School when he was a senior.
Forika and Fawn McDougald helped discover Isiah Young, noticing his raw talent. They helped coach him to greatness.
"He went on to be junior college All American and won the Southeastern conference, which he kind of followed in our footsteps because we both have conference titles. He followed that up and now, what he accomplished in the Olympic Games in four years- it’s unheard of. Unheard of! We may not see something like this ever again," Forika McDougald said.
"It’s like watching one of my children run. That’s how I think of him, as one of my children and so I was the proud mom, surrogate mom as you would say," Fawn McDougald added.
Young will be a senior at Ole Miss in the fall and his family and coaches say his star will only continue to rise.
"This is just the beginning! In 2016, I’m calling it! He’s going to take it so I’m saying it now," his mother said.
Betty Young and the McDougalds could not make it to London to see Young race in his first Olympics but they do hope to be there at the 2016 Games, they told 13 News.