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Toledo native and 2012 United States Olympic team member Erik Kynard is reaping recognition for recently winning a silver medal in the men's high jump event at the London Games.
The 21-year-old is scheduled to appear on Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night before returning home and being honored with a homecoming celebration this weekend for his Olympic achievement.
Toledo Public Schools is planning to hold a welcome home Olympics ceremony on Saturday morning at Rogers, Kynard's alma mater where he won two state titles in high jump.
The event includes a parade that leads into a homecoming program taking place at the Rogers football stadium.
School officials, coaches, family members, and elected officials are expected to attend the free public event.
The Rogers marching band and Toledo Horsemen Club are among the groups expected to participate in the festivities. The parade route is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. at McTigue Elementary, 5555 Nebraska Ave., and proceed to the Rams football field.
Kynard, who will begin his senior year at Kansas State later this month, will be limited by NCAA regulations with regard to pictures and signing autographs at the event.
The two-time NCAA high jump champion went to London and surprised many by winning a medal at his first Olympic competition.
Kynard's silver-medal clinching jump of 2.33 meters (7.64 feet) helped the U.S. finish atop the medal count standings.
The United States claimed 104 medals (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze) and China finished second with 88 medals (38 gold, 27 silver, 23 bronze).
Kynard appeared on the Today Show last week.
Longtime news anchor Tom Brokaw and rapper Rick Ross are also scheduled to be guests on the Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday.
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