Married couple and hurdlers Jeffrey Porter and Tiffany Porter were both born in the U.S.
While Jeffrey runs for Team USA, Tiffany represents the Great Britain.
Jeffrey will be participating in the men’s 110 meter hurdles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, scheduled to start on Monday. Tiffany will be running in the women’s 100 meter hurdles event, which will begin on Tuesday.
Despite being born in the U.S., Tiffany made the decision to represent Great Britain in international meets, which elicited a lot of debate and controversy in the UK. One of the accusations made against her was that her decision to join Great Britain came after she could not make the U.S. team.
Born in Michigan, Tiffany’s mother is of British descent and her father is Nigerian; the hurdler has a dual citizenship. Speaking with the The Guardian in 2012, she stated, “I am very much American. I am very much British. I am very much Nigerian. I am extremely proud to be all three. I’m not apologising for that. It’s who I am. I embrace it. It’s very important to be true to myself.”
Tiffany’s sister Cindy Ofili, who was also born in Michigan and like her sister has a dual citizenship, will be representing the Great Britain in the Olympics as well. According to Athletics Weekly, Ofili’s affiliation with Team Great Britain was confirmed last year.
Jeffrey, who competes for Team USA, said in an interview with WFAN that he always runs with the memory of his father, who always encouraged him.
“It’s comforting to know that I am never running alone,” Jeffrey said. “Through the disappointments, through the heartaches, my father never lost faith in me and my abilities. He was always predicting where I was going to be, what it would take to medal, what it would take to be on the top.”
While Tiffany works at a CVS as a pharmacist, her husband is pursuing a doctorate in higher education. As reported by MGoBlue, the couple intends to retire to have children.