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.

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