Berens contemplates future after gold medal

Berens contemplates future after gold medal

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 12:37 AM

LONDON -- Charlotte swimmer Ricky Berens is enjoying his gold medal status in London.

He’s taking in every moment and described it all in one word—incredible.

“It has been such an emotional Olympics so far,” said Berens. “To be a part of that relay, an epic relay, it’s a dream come true.”

Berens won that gold medal as part of that men’s four by 200 freestyle relay, alongside teammates Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

He said being a part of such a special night for Phelps was awesome.

“It’s pretty special,” said Berens.  “I was a part of the eight gold medals in 2008 and to be a part of these 19 Olympic medals, and hopefully more.”

Berens also won silver in the four by 100 freestyle relay earlier this week.

Now the big question is he or isn’t he retiring? There have been rumors that he plans on it. When asked where he plans to go from here, he said simply, “I need to think about it.”

Berens said he’s probably taken a total of two weeks off swimming since high school.

“I’m still very young,” said Berens. “I’m probably at the peak of my swimming career, but right now I’m just going to take a break, relax, sit down and really think about where I’m heading.”

Berens has completed his Olympic program and that means a big celebratory meal at McDonalds.

“(I had) a lot of McDonald’s. Gold medal followed by McDonalds,” said Berens. “We have a strict diet and we do everything by the book and this is our time to relax, celebrate, and really veg out.”

As for Twitter followers, Berens said he has almost tripled his followers since the Olympics began.

“It’s pretty awesome to see the support,” Berens said.  “This is the first social media games and to see the amount of support and the messages that you get is just incredible.”

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