CLEVELAND - Summer of 2016 landed us in the history books several times over.
From a champion fighter who turned the tide in the CLE (and has the belt to prove it), to Northeast Ohioans shining bright in Rio.
As the world was watching, Cleveland rose. And in less than 16 weeks, we reveled in what was a revolutionary season of firsts in the CLE.
May 14th. In a first round knockout, Euclid native Stipe Miocic brings home a UFC Championship, and sets the tone for a summer of firsts in the CLE, saying “I love Cleveland! 216 all day till I die."
Less than a month later, June 11th. The now Cleveland Monsters make history when the Calder Cup came to Cleveland!
Then the world took note again on June 19th. The historic day LeBron and the CAVS took until Game 7 in true Cleveland grit and resilience and the heart and soul of this city flooded the streets to say thank you.
July comes and the city rose to welcome the RNC.
Bloggers sang the praises of Cleveland as a host city and wrote "To the incredible people of Cleveland, Thank You.”
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump said, “I love Cleveland. They are doing a great job and the police are doing an incredible job. Thank you very much."
August ushered in the Olympics on Channel 3. More northeast Ohio winners wowed us from Brazil and again, the world watched.
21-year-old Clayton Murphy, the University of Akron Zip, flew to a bronze medal.
Elyria native Tianna Bartoletta was our Olympic superstar. Like Cleveland, resilient and on the rebound, she takes the gold against the odds in the long jump and then gold medals again with her team in the women’s relay.
We saw it all with our own eyes and will never forget, as this city continues to rise.