It has been a magical ride for Idalou native Bradley Adkins, but getting to the Rio Olympics wasn't easy.
"Going back to my freshman year, we had a student-athlete like a Raider Ready kind of class. And, they were talking about goals, and on that thing I put Rio 2016. But, at that point on how realistic that really was, but to actually accomplish it. And, for it to be actually happening is so surreal for me," he said.
"We put so much time and work into this, we are out here multiple hours a day - running, lifting, and getting my training in. To be able to get to this point is so humbling, and it's going to be such a great experience," Adkins said.
We are exactly two weeks away from the 2016 Rio Olympics, and this Idalou Wildcat is ready for the challenge ahead.
"I am going down there, and going to soak as much in as I can. But at the same time, I have a job to do. So I'm going to work my butt off and hopefully I return home with something."
Bradley knows he couldn't have gotten to this point without the support of the Idalou community.
"Going back to coming off of the airplane, when I walk out of the tunnel. They are all standing there and clapping and holding up signs, it was just an incredible experience," Adkins said.
So what does Idalou mean to this hometown boy?
"It means a lot, I am getting sad over here. But, they have always been there and supported me and that is one thing I will never forget. People tell me, don't forget me when you become famous. I always say, I'll never forget where I came from. I will always stay true to who I am, I wills stay true to God and I will always honor him. For the rest of my life, and I plan on doing this as long as I can and as long as I am called to do. To see if I can't make a difference in this world."
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