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