Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, whose brother Robert plays outside linebacker for the Bears, won gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Olympics late Sunday night.
Robert Quinn watched the race on the big screen at Halas Hall with general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy, outside linebacker Charles Snowden and others. Quinn was emotional Monday when talking about his sister; they’d already spoken twice since the victory.
”I know football’s kind of America’s sport,” he said. “She’s going against everyone in the world and beat ‘em. That’s different. Winning the gold is something to be proud of and knowing that the challenges of all the stuff, of everyone you had to race to get that medal, still, incredible.
“To be the best in the world, a lot of people don’t get to say that. I can say that about my baby sister.”
From South Carolina, Camacho-Quinn ran for Puerto Rico, where her mother was born. She won the first track and field gold medal in the country’s history. In the semifinals about 24 hours earlier, she set an Olympic record by running the 100 meters in 12.26 seconds. It was the fourth-fastest time in history.
The 24-year-old also appeared in the 2016 Olympics.
Quinn, 31, is entering his second season with the Bears. He had two sacks in the first season of a five-year, $70 million contract he signed after successful stints with the Rams, Dolphins and Cowboys. Bears coach Matt Nagy said last week he was pleased with Quinn’s performance thus far in training camp after he got off to a slow start at this time last season.