Fans flock to Charlotte medalist Nick Thoman

Fans flock to Charlotte medalist Nick Thoman

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 3:50 PM

LONDON -- It has been a whirlwind day for SwimMac's Nick Thoman.  The Charlottean is now an Olympic silver medalist, and he woke up to legions of new fans.

Thoman and his teammate Matt Grevers basked in the glory of a one-two finish in the 100 meter backstroke during the ‘Today Show’ Tuesday on NBC.

“I'm just ecstatic.  I had to wake up this morning, look at my nightstand to make sure this thing was still there," Thoman said.  “It's very surreal.  My Twitter followers jumped by 4,500 in one night.  It was just crazy.  People actually know who I am when I was riding through the village. It was really cool."

Family and friends who call themselves, “Team Thoman" traveled to London for the swim, including mom, dad, sister, aunts, and grandma.

They walked out of the Aquatic Centre last night with absolute jubilation.

“It's absolutely surreal.  I'm so excited.  Obviously the smile won't go off my face.  And he was so cute,” Thoman’s mother said.

Nick is quick to acknowledge those who've brought him to this silver medal moment, including SwimMac and Olympic coach David Marsh.

“Charlotte's been great.  I have a great support system there and I know I wouldn't be here without them," Thoman added.

Swimming and singing have driven Thoman.  As a boy, he loved to perform, and as a silver medalist, he still does.  He promised NewsChannel 36 if he wins gold in the medley relay, he'll board the top of a double decker bus in London and sing a song by country crooner Trace Adkins.

“I'm a man of my word and since I said it, if we win a gold medal on that medley relay I'm definitely going to do it,” Thoman said.  “I got it down to three (songs).  I'll let you know when the time comes."

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