TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- At the 2016 Olympic Trials, Curtis Thompson missed going to Rio by 12 centimeters.
He would go on to have a decorated career throwing the javelin as a Bulldog, which included an individual national championship, graduating with his degree in math in 2020, and now in 2021, he's going to Tokyo.
"It feels awesome, Mississippi State is definitely part of my chapter of my career of my life that I'm definitely grateful for," Thompson said. "And then on top of that just USA in general, it's an awesome feeling that's it's hard to put into words."
Thompson joins five other Mississippi State alums in the 2021 games.
We'll be chatting with more Olympians throughout the month as we lead up to the Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 23rd on WTVA.