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Tara Davis, the reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champion in the long jump and University of Texas alumna, is now 22 and hoping to bring home some hardware from the Tokyo Games during the track and field competition. The Japan National Stadium will be mostly empty due to COVID-19 protocols, so it’s unlikely chants of her name will erupt after she jumps into the sand pit. Yet Tara's father Ty, who coached Tara from 4 years old until she went to college, will be there.
At this year’s pandemic-stricken Games, having a family member in attendance is a luxury most athletes can’t enjoy. For Tara, it pays to have her dad as a coach. Because Ty is an accredited coach, he has been able to accompany her to Tokyo.