Carolina Olympians bask in their success

Carolina Olympians bask in their success

Carolina Olympians bask in their success

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 7:49 AM

LONDON, U.K. -- Dozens of athletes from the Carolinas are competing in these Summer Olympic Games, and nine of them are competing in swimming and diving alone.

Some of them have already lived their dream and are bringing home a medal.

NewsChannel 36's Dave Wagner spent the day catching up with those athletes and talking with them about their huge accomplishments.

Abby Johnston from Duke University was part of the duo in synchronized diving that won the silver medal Sunday.  It’s the first medal for the United States diving in 12 years.

“It's an honor to be named the first synchronized medal of USA diving. I thank this whole US Diving Team, and I think this is just going to be the beginning of a bunch of medals this Olympics,” Johnston said.

Meantime, SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones is holding on to a silver medal from the four by 100 freestyle relay.  Jones joined Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian on the team.

"As a team, we're strong.  We're pretty much bringing everybody back at night. You know, getting gold isn't everything.  But that's what we strive for. It's a little sad, but we're on the program, so we're happy," Jones said.

Charlotte’s Rick Berens just missed the cut from the 200 freestyle race. He said it’s tough, but the Olympics was a great opportunity.

“You come here, this is the exciting part, this is the fun part, but an opportunity to swim in the finals.  You don't really come here to swim in the prelims and semis.  You like to be in the finals," Berens said.

More local athletes compete Monday in London and NewsChannel 36 will be tracking them every step of the way.

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