TWP., Mich. -- When swimmer Allison Schmitt stopped home after
her 2012 London Olympic experience she exclaimed, "I haven't
been home since December."
Schmitt went on to say in front of an energized and overflowing
audience in Heritage Park, "To be able to relax and share
this with my family and supporters is great. Being here is amazing.
I'm just so glad to be home."
As the crowd listened attentively, she also singled out some of
her teachers from both elementary and high school. She tried to
acknowledge as many of her classmates from the 2008 Canton High
School year as she could see. There were so many people. All in
all, Allison was besieged.
The five time medal winner stopped home for three days before
heading to Athens, Georgia for school obligations later in the
week. She was peppered with questions regarding London, Michael
Phelps, the Olympic pool and her Olympic routine in London.
was front and center during broadcast coverage at these 2012 London
Olympic Games. The 22-year-old swimmer had become a familiar face
nationally with all her NBC prime television time.
At this event, her patience and grace were a compliment to Coach
Jack Bauerle's varsity swimming program at Georgia. Schmitt is
working toward a degree in psychology. Later she signed autographs,
posed for photos and always displayed her ever-present smile.
definitely thinking about Rio," Schmitt said. "I am
planning to do four more years, I had a great Olympics this past
time, it was a lot of fun and I want to repeat it. So I am definitely
looking forward to Rio in 2016."
finished her address to the crowd with, "I have one more
day with my family. I'm expecting to go back (Athens) and be the
same exact person. I don't know if I will be, I don't know if
people will look at me different. But I'm the same person - if
I came back with no medals or if I came back with five medals
- I'm still the same person and I hope people treat me the same."
Earlier, she appeared at the Summit-on-the-Park recreation building
with her family for a photo opportunity. "It's something
I want to share with everyone," she said sitting between
her parents Gail and Ralph Schmitt. "Every person that's
helped me get to where I am today, just being able to share my
success with other people means a lot to me."
the Canton Township community presented her with a personalized
embroidered Olympic flag and a proclamation from the township
For more information
about Allison Schmitt, visit her USASwimming.org
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