Watch: Detroit Lions root on Melissa Gonzalez, QB David Blough's wife, in Tokyo Olympics

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Among the thousand of competitors in the Tokyo Olympics, there's one woman that the Detroit Lions are rooting hard for.

Because she's a part of the family.

Melissa Gonzalez, the wife of Lions backup quarterback David Blough, is running the 400-meter hurdles for Colombia.

Gonzalez and Blough, high school sweethearts, were both college athletes; Gonzalez at Texas and Blough at Purdue. Once Gonzalez's college career was over, she didn't that wasn't the end of her time on the track. As a dual citizen of the U.S. and Colombia, She decided to go for qualifying for the Olympics, which she did in May.

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Melissa Gonzalez, of Colombia, reacts after competing in a heat in the women's 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo.
Melissa Gonzalez, of Colombia, reacts after competing in a heat in the women's 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo.

On Friday night (which was actually Saturday morning in Tokyo), Gonzalez ran in one of the heats for the event, and the Lions hosted a watch party in one of the film rooms at the Allen Park headquarters.

Take a look as the team watches Gonzalez advance to the semifinals (with a second-place finish in her preliminary heat and a time of 55.32 seconds — besting Olympic qualifying time by 0.34 seconds) with her No. 1 fan front and center.

Gonzalez will run in one of three semifinal heats at 7:55 a.m. Eastern time on Monday. The Lions are scheduled to continue training camp with practice about a half-hour later that morning. We'll understand if at least one player is a tad bit late hitting the field.

Follow Kirkland Crawford on Twitter: @HiKirkHere.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Watch Lions root on Melissa Gonzalez, David Blough's wife, in Olympics

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