Cheetah cubs to meet their Olympian namesakes

Two cheetahs at the National Zoo will be meeting their namesake\'s Thursday when U.S. track and field Olympians Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin make a special appearance. (Facebook Photo)

WASHINGTON – Two cheetahs at the National Zoo will be meeting their namesake’s Thursday when U.S. track and field Olympians Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin make a special appearance.

Carmelita was named after Jeter when the sprinter won silver in the women’s 100-meter race. Justin got his name when Gatlin won bronze in the men’s 100-meter sprint. Both Olympians are making the trek to D.C. especially for this event.

Festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. The first 450 guests will receive autographed cheetah cub cards. You can also bring your own for signing.

Check the National Zoo’s website for more information.

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