Ricky Berens: 'I wanted to walk away with gold'

Ricky Berens: 'I wanted to walk away with gold'

Credit: NBCOlympics.com

Ricky Berens (left) celebrates with teammates Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps after winning gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay.

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by By NewsChannel 36 Staff E-mail Us:

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 1 at 5:14 PM

BEIJING -- Charlotte native and South Mecklenburg High graduate won a gold medal Tuesday in the 4x200 freestyle relay.

And though it's been an exciting and exhausting time in Beijing, he took a few minutes to answer some questions from NewsChannel 36 via e-mail.

Q. Your hometown (church, high school, friends) has been a great support for you. What does that mean to have so much support in Charlotte?

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A. It is amazing to see all of the people supporting me out there. I had so many people sending me messages and e-mails, it was incredible. It is hard to mess up when you have all of these people behind you.

Q. What's your favorite thing about Charlotte?

A. Charlotte is an amazing city. It has everything, great people, tons of things to do, and it's just all around a great place to live. I am really looking forward to coming back and relaxing back at home.

Q. What do you think having all this publicity about Charlotte swimmers ( and yourself) will do for the sport locally?

A. It is great. Those guys have done amazing things for the sport of swimming around the city of Charlotte. Swimming is a great sport and kids love doing it. It is always good to see positive press in the swimming world.

Q. Did you have any expectations to win a medal in Beijing?

A. I wanted to walk away with a gold medal. It didn't matter to me much if I was on the prelim relay or final relay before the games. Once I got here and started seeing all the medal ceremonies, my goal changed to wanting to make that final relay.

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