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Vancouver to honor Olympic medalist Chiles with parade, key to city

Spectators invited to attend and cheer on Prairie High School grad

By , Columbian sports staff
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Vancouver's Jordan Chiles, a silver medalist with the United State gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics, will be given a parade in her honor and a key to the city on Aug. 22.
Vancouver's Jordan Chiles, a silver medalist with the United State gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics, will be given a parade in her honor and a key to the city on Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Photo Gallery

Gymnast Jordan Chiles will get a chance to celebrate her Olympic silver medal with the city she grew up in.

The city of Vancouver is throwing her a parade starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.

And the community is invited to come out and celebrate, as well.

Chiles, a 2019 Prairie High School graduate who trained at Naydenov Gymnastics, won silver in the team competition with her United States teammates.

She competed in the vault, floor exercise and balance beam at Tokyo.

The parade featuring vintage cars from the Slo Poks Car Club will start at the Dairy Queen in Uptown Village, 2707 Main St., travel down Main Street to West Sixth Street, and continue west on West Sixth Street where it will stop at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Spectators are welcome to stand on the sidewalk along Main Street to cheer Chiles during the parade.

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will then present Chiles with a key to the city in a short ceremony outside City Hall at about 1:20 p.m. The public is welcome to attend that as well.

Chiles will be available for photos and autographs after  the presentation.

The parade will then continue back up Main Street and end at the Dairy Queen.

Later in the fall, the city plans to honor Kara Winger, a four-time Olympic javelin thrower and graduate of Skyview High School, and Yen Hoang, a 2015 Evergreen High grad who is scheduled to compete in track at the Paralympic Games later this month.

Both women were invited to participate in the Aug. 22 parade, but will be out of the country at competitions.

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