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VIDEO: Patch Chats With Olympic Medalist, University Place Native Adrienne Martelli (Pt. 1)

The Curtis grad and University of Washington product talks about the experience of being part of the London 2012 Summer Games.

Patch got the honor of chatting with Olympic bronze medalist and University Place native Adrienne Martelli this week.

Martelli - back in town to visit family, help with homecoming week at Curtis High and catch up after a whirlwind summer - talked about everything from being an Olympian to her final race to her future in rowing.

We'll be bringing you our interview with her in installments.

Today, she describes the exerience of just simply in London for the 2012 Summer Games, watching athlets such as Kobe Bryant walk through the lunch room.

(Click on the media gallery to watch)

Marsha September 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
She graciously came to my son's 4th grade class to visit her former teacher. The kids each got to hold her medal ("It's heavy!" my boy said), get her autograph and have a group picture taken with her. That's a great role-model for our kids.
Howard and Barbara Lee September 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
My wife and I had the priviledge of attending the UP City Council meeting where her accomplishments were officially recognized. Adrienne may have been impressed with Kobe Byrant, but Kobe can't come close to equaling what Adrienne has done with her life. She may never have a pair of basketball shoes with her name on them, but then Kobe will never possess her moral character. Best of all she is from University Place! Who would have ever thought that UP would be the home of a world class rower, and we don't even have a lake. Howard and Barbara
Brent Champaco September 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Yeah. That sounds like something Adrienne would do alright. What a treat for the kids!
Brent Champaco September 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I couldn't agree with you more, Howard. She's a local product who is EXTREMELY humble and down-to-Earth. You'll see later in the video, but she was sharing just how she's a product of UP Schools and considers herself a local. Awesome stuff.
Janet Higbee September 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I got to teach Adrienne Spanish at Curtis. She was a medalist in the classroom too---a champion citizen and student! So kind, so bright, so earnest.

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