Olympic medalist welcomed back to Brooklyn
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Pictured from left to right are Rome Neal, Siu Neal, Lia Neal, and Borough President Marty Markowitz. (Photo: Kathryn Kirk)
Pictured from left to right are Rome Neal, Siu Neal, Lia Neal, and Borough President Marty Markowitz. (Photo: Kathryn Kirk)
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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, elected officials and hundreds of fellow swimmers welcomed Olympic Bronze Medalist and Fort Greene resident Lia Neal back to the facility where she trained — the George Delacorte Pool at Asphalt Green in Manhattan.

Also joining in the August 10th homecoming were the Olympian’s proud parents, Rome and Siu.

“Lia is proof that if you work hard, never give up, and believe in yourself, there’s no limit to what you can achieve,” said Markowitz. “At only 17, she’s got it all—a bronze medal and a Brooklyn address—and there’s no doubt that whatever she does, she’ll continue to make Brooklyn proud.”

Neal swam the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay along with teammates Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy and Allison Schmitt and captured the bronze in 3:34.24, finishing behind Australia (3:33.15) and the Netherlands (3:33.79).





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