JSU welcomes home 2012 Olympian Michael Tinsley

Jackson State University welcomes home alumnus Michael Tinsley, who earned a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic games.  Tinsley will arrive at JSU at noon Oct. 18, and will make several appearances on campus and in the community on Oct. 18 and 19. He also will be one of the grand marshals in the JSU Homecoming Parade, which starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 20.

Tinsley, who competed in the 400-meter hurdles, finished with a personal best of 47.91 seconds.

Tinsley said being a student at Jackson State was the best experience of his life.

“I remember all the support I got from the faculty when I was there,” he said. “JSU gave me an opportunity to get an education and to do what I love to do, which is run track.”

During his visit to Jackson, Tinsley will make appearances on the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway and at Blackburn Middle School and will take part in a press luncheon at noon Oct. 19 at the Penguin Restaurant. For more information, call University Communications at 601-979-2272.


30 thoughts on “JSU welcomes home 2012 Olympian Michael Tinsley

  1. Congratulations Olympian Tinsley! You make all of us alums proud that we attended JSU.

    Dr. Veronica Adams-Cooper

  2. Congratulations, Mr. Tinsley, on a job well done! A fine example of JSU excellence in all venues…

  3. Congrats Mike.. For you not only represented the JSU family, but athletes across America. Especially the SWAC, which have always had a great impact on the national stage when it counted. So , Mike take a bow for at the end of the day we all take something from your Victorous Silver medal for ourselves..thanks

    • Congratulations Michael Tinsley!! A heroic performance on the world stage! You represented yourself, your country and Jackson State University admirably. It’s great to see a JSU athlete at the top of his sport in the Olympics!!

  4. Bruce A, Gatlin, BS (Jackson State) RN, MSN (Yale), DNS (University of Oklahoma Medical Center) on said:

    We did not want Mike to win a Gold METAL, but we are proud of his MEDAL. A true representation of JSU. Thanks for the memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Although I’m a Graduate Student at JSU, Congrats to Tinsley, Alcorn is still number one; The only school to have a goal metal winner from the SWAC, Mildred Netter, Leland, Ms. 1968 olympic games.

    • too bad a “goal metal” does not appear to be real accomplishment where as a “gold medal” is given to a person thats proven the best in a particular sport

    • Clarence, please don’t come on here with this backhanded compliment. We can celebrate the accomplishments of ALL SWAC Olympians without slander.

      • Clarence need to know that the winners receive “Gold Medals” not gold metal.
        When he know the difference he should be able to Celebrate and not hate.
        Congratulations Mr.Tinsley the entire state of Mississippi should be celebrating with you.

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