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Fans pack Verizon store to meet Nathan Adrian

First public appearance in Kitsap for Bremerton's Nathan Adrian
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian made his first public appearance in Kitsap Tuesday with a two-hour meet and greet at the Verizon store in Silverdale. About 422 fans waited to offer their congratulations to the gold medal champion.

About 422 fans waited in line for hours in order to get an autograph and photo with Bremerton’s Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian Tuesday at the Verizon store in Silverdale.

The line snaked out the store and down the sidewalk as fans had their first chance to congratulate Adrian, who signed autographs — on posters, t-shirts and even a baby, for two hours.

Adrian won two gold medals and a silver at the London Olympics, including the 100-meter freestyle. In just two Olympics, Adrian is already the most decorated Kitsap Olympian. He also won a gold medal as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in which he swam in the preliminaries.

Adrian’s public appearances continue Wednesday at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede.

Adrian will be feted by Bremerton dignitaries on the main stage at the Fairgrounds at 4:45 p.m. Following that appearance, he will head over to Gene Lobe Fields for the pregame ceremonies for the Babe Ruth World Series Championship game at 5:30 p.m. He will then head back to Thunderbird Stadium and make another appearance at the Xtreme Bulls event at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Adrian will fly to L.A. for taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He will appear as a panel guest before flying back to Bremerton. The show airs Thursday at 11:30 p.m.

Security personnel were able to snap photos and get autographs from Nathan Adrian, who won two golds and a silver medal in the London Olympics earlier this month. Tuesday was the first public appearance for the Bremerton native.

Busy week ahead for Nathan Adrian with autograph signing and Leno appearance

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will be holding a meet and great and autograph session at the Verizon store in Silverdale, 10516 Silverdale Way NW, Ste 110D, Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Adrian became Kitsap’s most decorated Olympian earlier this month when he won two gold medals and a silver at the London Olympics. He won his first individual gold in the 100-meter freestyle.

Adrian will also be on the main stage of the Kitsap County Fair on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. for his official homecoming. He will then head over to Gene Lobe Field for pregame ceremonies for the Babe Ruth World Series Championship game and at 7 p.m. at the Xtreme Bulls event at the Kitsap County Stampede.

On Thursday, Adrian will fly to Los Angeles for taping of the Jay Leno Show. The show will air at 11:30 p.m.

Nathan Adrian set to make appearances at fair, Babe Ruth World Series & rodeo

Bremerton native and Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian is scheduled to be feted on the Main Stage at the Kitsap County Fair Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.

Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent will be among several dignitaries honoring Adrian, who won two gold medals and a silver in London earlier this month.

Adrian will then head over to Gene Lobe Field at the Fairgrounds for the Babe Ruth World Series to be honored again at 5:30 p.m.

He will then be at the Xtreme Bulls competition at the rodeo fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

And if you can’t wait for next week, here’s a couple videos of Nathan talking about his Olympics experience.

Adrian enjoying London post-swimming

Now that swimming is over at the Olympics, many athletes — including Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian — have hit the streets to take in the sights in Ol’ London Town as well as its nightlife.

Nathan and his family were able to get together and hang out for a day. That was in-between stopping by the NBC studio to appear on The Today Show with fellow swimmers Allison Schmitt, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, Brendan Hansen and Matt Grevers.

And for a guy who likes to fly under the radar, that has changed as well.

Nathan hit a couple hot spots with teammates and is now among the paparazzi’s favorite targets. He’s been interviewed and photographed for Us Magazine, USA Today, and Socialite Life.

Even with his new-found fame, Nathan still can’t get his name spelled right. Following his gold-medal anchor leg in the 400-meter medley relay, his name plate at the post-race news conference read “Nathan Adrain.”

Ah well, at least he can enjoy his two golds and silver medals he won last week.

“I’m still riding high. It hasn’t fully set in and sometimes I get waves of it,” Adrian said in an interview with Us Magazine. “Whether it’s looking on Twitter or CNN and seeing the Olympics in general, or seeing the medal count and knowing I had a part in that — it’s really cool.”

Nathan Adrian wins second gold medal

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian left little doubt as to who was going to win the 400-meter medley relay.

Adrian, getting the lead from Michael Phelps after 300 meters, jumped in the pool and crushed the rest of the field to help lead the United States to a gold medal at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.

Adrian’s time of 46.85 seconds was his personal fastest split. He won the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday in 47.52. Adrian also earned a silver in the 400-meter relay last Sunday.

The win gives Phelps a record 22 medals, 18 golds.

Adrian wins gold in 100 free

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian, possibly overlooked by some in the conversation for best sprinter in the world, isn’t overlooked anymore.

Adrian, a 2006 Bremerton High and 2012 California grad, won the gold medal in a lifetime best 47.52 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday afternoon at the Olympic Aquatic Center in London.

Adrian out-touched world champion James Magnussen of Australia at the wall by .001 seconds. Magnusson, known as the Missile and the pre-race favorite, finished in 47.53.

It’s the first individual Olympic gold for the 23-year-old in a loaded final that included the best sprinters in the world. It’s the first gold medal for the U.S. since Matt Biondi won in 1988.