Charlotte, NC (WBTV)
SwimMAC's Nick Thoman returned to Charlotte, a few pounds heavier. Because of his 2 medals he won at the London Olympics!
A silver in the 100 meter backstroke, and Gold for his preliminary swim in the 4x100 medley relay.
When Nick won his individual medal, USA team-mate Matt Grevers won the gold. Thoman still gets chills when thinking about the big moment.
With winning, comes national exposure, and that means lot's of ladies taking notice to the 26-year old. He says that's been a little bit awkward! Becoming a role-model seems more natural for him, and he hopes everyone believes there dreams can come true to.
"I think it's just a testament to hard work and dedication. I am not one of the biggest guys out there, I am not one of the strongest. If you put in the work, discipline and set goals .. you can achieve what you want to do".
As for a return to the Olympics, Brazil in 2016, it's too early to tell if we'll see Thoman back at it. "I just need some time to recover, I am going to take 2 months off of swimming. When I get back in the pool I'll probably do one-a-days for a while. If Rio comes up, and I am still feeling good and swimming fast, I'll jump on in."
Thoman was among 5 SwimMAC swimmers who raced in the Olympics. SwimMAC CEO, David Marsh, was also a coach for the Team USA swim team.