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One Olympic swimmer has won more than gold in Rio. Springfield’s Ryan Held brought home that medal on Saturday night but also won over the hearts of millions of Americans when he broke down on the podium during the National Anthem. Held’s been on NBC’s Today, NBC’s evening news and ABC’s Good Morning America. Held says that he had so much to think about and be grateful for that he couldn’t keep his emotions in check.


Held – speaking to NBC’s Lester Holt, says afterwards Michael Phelps who’s won 23 Olympic Medals was making sure Held was enjoying the moment.


Held says he was 16th or so in the nation about a year ago. Since then he’s claimed a spot on the USA Swim Team and won a gold medal. Held is currently a sophomore at North Carolina State. 

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