2012 newsmakers: Nathan Adrian
Bremerton swimmer Nathan Adrian won two gold medals in London, then enjoyed the perks his success brought.
For Nathan Adrian, more gold medals have led to more glitz.
The Bremerton swimmer says he's enjoying some of the perks that followed his success in the Summer Olympics, where he pulled an upset victory in the 100-meter freestyle and anchored Team USA's winning 400-meter medley relay.
"It's been pretty wild," Adrian said. "I really didn't know what to expect."
Certainly not a trip to New York for a fashion show.
"That was obviously completely out of my comfort zone, but also a lot of fun," he said.
Adrian, who recently had a Bremerton street named after him, said it's "different" being recognized in public.
"It's not necessarily something that I frame as positive or negative," he said. "It's just kind of something that happened because I was fortunate enough to achieve my goals from the summer."
Adrian received a gold medal from the 2008 Summer Olympics as part of the 400 freestyle relay, but didn't swim in the final. These two this year are special — but rarely displayed. He said he stores them in his closet for safe keeping.
Although he graduated from California this year with a degree in public health, swimming remains his primary focus.
"I've been so fortunate that I can continue this swimming career for at least, knock on wood, another four years and potentially another eight," said Adrian, who will compete in the World Championships next summer in Barcelona. "I would be lying if I told you I had a really good plan for after."