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Center Valley teen Olivia Tadlock a multi-gold medal winner

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A Center Valley teenager won more than a dozen medals in the 2017 World Dwarf Games.

Olivia Tadlock took home 14 medals, including five gold medals, in the games that were held in Canada from August 4 to August 12, 2017.

Olivia took part in a long list of events from basketball to floor hockey to volleyball, just to name a few.

She said winning was great but meeting people from all over the world was even better.

"Everyone understands where you are coming from so they don't really ask a lot of questions oh why are you this why are you that," said Olivia.

Olivia said she's grateful to be able to participate in so many categories because some people with dwarfism don't get that opportunity.

She also thankful for her parents.

"They accept me for who I am and that's really all I can ask for," said Olivia.

"As a mother it was a great experience to be there and see her be able to compete on a team sport, which she has never been able to do," said Olivia’s mother Jane Tadlock.

Her father Martin Tadlock said, "Just to see her compete and have fun and be around people like her was really inspirational," added Olivia’s father Martin Tadlock.

The 13-year-old has become an inspiration to not just little people, but to everyone.

Her community showed their love by drawing an American flag on her driveway in support of an American champion.

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