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Tara Davis-Woodhall is impossible to miss on the track, sporting her flowy hair, cowboy boots, cowboy hat, and a sporty leotard true to her Texan roots. The 25-year-old just punched her ticket to her second Olympic run on June 29 at the US Olympic trials, heading to the 2024 Paris Olympics to show off her skills.

Davis-Woodhall’s been a force in the long jump, landing a 6th place finish at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, snagging a silver medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, and grabbing gold at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships. While Tara Davis-Woodhall’s hard work is undeniable, let’s also shine a light on the team and roots that have fueled her journey to success.

Meet Ty and Rayshon Davis, Father and mother of Tara Davis-Woodhall

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According to NBC Olympics, after every field event that Tara Davis-Woodhall aces, she dashes straight into the arms of a man eagerly waiting on the sidelines. That man is none other than her coach and dad, Ty Davis. Tara’s parents, Ty and Rayshon Davis, have been by her side since day one.

Ty, a former track and field athlete from Texas A&M, had been her coach since she was four years old, back when she competed for the Wylie Flyers. With her mom, Rayshon, also helping with the coaching, it was a real family affair. Let’s dive into the special bond Tara shares with her dad, who’s been guiding her from her roots to the Olympic stage.

Inspiration at home: Impact of parents on Tara Davis’s successful career

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Ty Davis, who coached Tara Davis-Woodhall from the time she was 4 years old until she headed off to college, has been with her every step of the way. At 5-foot-4, she might have been smaller than some other long jumpers, but she made up for it with her focus and attention to detail. Ty shared that Tara was not only very coachable but that their parent-coach dynamic was always smooth sailing. Just check out Ty’s Instagram, which is full of proud posts about his little girl.

Tara told reporters ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, “My dad and I, we could turn the switch off from coach and athlete to dad and daughter quickly and easily.” She shared how the two “have this strong connection for track and a strong love for track, so we were always talking about track.” Ty Davis credited a bit of luck for their winning balance. Because Tara performed well early on, she trusted her dad as a coach and liked his approach. That synergy on the track only made their father-daughter bond stronger.

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The duo even shared an Olympic experience. In 2021, the whole family flew to Oregon to see Tara clinch her ticket to the Tokyo Olympics. Her grandmother, Roz Lane, shared, “I asked her what’s her goal, ‘To make the team.’” After Tara made the jump that landed her a spot in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the whole family was left screaming and hugging each other. Tara’s boyfriend and now husband, Hunter Woodhall, ran onto the track to pick her up, and she was photographed hugging both her father and mother.

However, the whole family couldn’t make it to Japan for the Olympics in 2021. All but Ty. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, athletes couldn’t bring family members, but Ty accompanied Tara to her debut in Tokyo. Tara told reporters ahead of the 2021 Olympics, “I am so blessed that I’ll have a family member to come with me and watch me compete at the highest level of my life.” Reflecting on this wholesome bond, what are your thoughts on Tara Davis-Woodhall’s parents and their dynamic? Share your thoughts in the comments below!