Back in July I
wrote this blog post about Nathan Adrian’s participation in the
Swim Across America to benefit Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and to
honor his friend and teammate Matt Benoit, who died of cancer in
Well, the swim is Saturday at Luther Burbank Park, Mercer
Island, and it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous, and warm,
Nathan was in Seattle today, he co-hosted Evening Magazine and
was on one of the local TV stations to promote Saturday’s
Here’s a link that was posted on his Twitter page;
The real reason I am up in Seattle is that
six months ago my buddy Matt called me up to invite me to the Swim
Bremerton’s version of The Beatles were in town Monday.
OK, it would be one Beatle and it would be multiple-Olympic gold
medalist Nathan Adrian.
I don’t think the adjective fervor describes the intensity to
which the strapping 6-foot-6 swimmer received when he
was introduced to the public in a welcome-home fete at
Bremerton High School’s Performing Arts Center.
Ardor? Zeal? Those come close.
Receiving nearly the
same amount of applause were his parents, Jim and Cecilia, who have
picked up some worldwide notoriety thanks to their youngest son;
older brother Justin and his wife Hilary and their toddler daughter
and soon-to-be-born second child, and older sister Donella and her
husband Barry and their three children were also on hand.
Adrian was given a key
to the city by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, and Bremerton High swim
team captain Nathan Rubie, a state participant himself, also
presented Adrian with a Knights’ swim team t-shirt.
Remarks were given by Bremerton School District superintendent
Aaron Leavell, new principal Monica Sweet and Adrian’s former
age-group swim coach at Olympic Aquatic Club Bonnie
On hand were nearly 1,200 fans, former teachers, community
members who wanted a chance to greet Adrian.
Fans will have a chance give Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian a hero’s
welcome, ask questions and receive an autograph from the
multiple Olympic gold medalist on Monday, Aug. 29 at Bremerton High
School’s Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m.
Adrian returns to his hometown for an autograph session,
question and answer period and those attending will have a chance
to hear Nathan speak about his experiences in Rio
after winning two gold medals and two bronze medals.
Adrian will arrive at the high school after being driven from
east Bremerton to west Bremerton from 5:15-5:30 p.m., across the
Manette Bridge, up 11th Street to the high school. The public is
welcome to wave, take pictures and cheer for Adrian along the
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his third medal at the Rio
Olympics on Friday when he finished with a bronze in the
50-meter freestyle in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Adrian touched the wall in 21.49 seconds. U.S. teammate Anthony
Ervin won the gold in 21.40 and France’s Florent
Manaudou, who won gold in 2012, earned the silver in
Adrian won a gold medal on Sunday anchoring the 4×100 free relay
and then won a bronze in the 100 freestyle in Wednesday.
He will swim in the 4×100 medley relay at 6 p.m. on Saturday and
look to earn his fourth medal.
Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton earned a bronze
medal in the 100 freestyle on Wednesday evening, in
47.85 seconds at the Rio Olympics.
Adrian was trying to become the first American to win
back-to-back golds in the sprint event since Johnny Weismuller did
it in 1924-28.
“I feel great about getting another medal, man. No doubt,” he
said. “To be able to look at the side of the block and see that
there’s lights there. It’s what you work for. It would be great to
have gold, but in this day and age in the 100 freestyle’s maybe the
most fickle event out there.”
It’s Adrian’s second medal of the games, he anchored the
4×100 free relay on Sunday to a win, and his sixth career
Olympic medal. Adrian was out-touched at the wall by gold medalist
Kyle Chalmers in 47.58 and Belgium’s Pieter Timmers in 47.80
Adrian said he believed he was able to swim his own race.
“I did. I was next to a couple of guys who come home really
fast,” he said. “In a pool this small, there’s no getting away from
He will swim Thursday morning in the preliminaries in the 50
freestyle with the semifinals at 6 p.m.
It would have been a major upset in Olympic swimming if the
reigning 100 freestyle champion failed to qualify for the
semifinals, but Nathan Adrian managed to squeak into tonight’s
semis in 16th place.
Adrian, coming off a gold-medal performance Sunday as part of
the 4×100 free relay,
finished last in his preliminary heat in 48.58 seconds.
Teammate Caeleb Dressel also made the semis with the second fastest
time in 47.91. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers was the fastest qualifier
Adrian wasn’t too concerned and spoke to swimswam.com following
his morning’s race.
“It was alright, feeling a little rusty this morning, trying to
get back into the meet after a pretty late night the other night.
It doesn’t affect anything really, you’re swimming for a lane, and
tonight is going to be the same thing, we’re swimming for a lane.
Actually, I’m pretty happy to get an outside lane, it’s always nice
to get a little clean water, so looking forward to it tonight.”
Tonight’s session can be viewed live online at nbcolympics.com
or on CBC locally starting at 6 p.m.
NBC is showing a highlight, tape delayed broadcast that includes
swimming that starts about 7 p.m.