SPRING GROVE, Pa. (WHTM) – On Monday, folks in York County got their first chance to congratulate Hali Flickinger on her performance during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Flickinger, a Spring Grove native, rode in a convertible during a parade down Main Street in her hometown. The parade was the start of a day’s worth of celebrations planned for the Olympic athlete.
“It’s great to have support,” Flickinger told ABC27 News.
Fickinger finished seventh in Brazil during the 200-meter butterfly. The result didn’t matter to those looking for a picture or autograph of the star swimmer.
Derrick Henning taught Flickinger chemistry in high school. He brought his three boys – Elijah, Issac, and Sean – to meet Flickinger.
“It was really good for them,” Henning said. “I think it’s cool to see someone from your hometown make it that far. She’s that positive role model that as a teacher we’re looking for, for the kids.”
Flickinger also made a stop Monday at the place she started training, the Graham Aquatic Center. The 22-year-old was also named an honorary police officer by the Southwestern Regional Police Department.
Flickinger’s father Doug told ABC 27 News that it was a dream come true to see his daughter honored for her hard work.
“I loved seeing a small town that actually came together and did all this for our little girl,” he said.
Flickinger also echoed her father’s thoughts.
“It’s really cool and special to be able to be in this position, especially being from such a small town,” she said. “Being able to show such a small town that anything is possible is really, really special.”
Flickinger said in her time since competing in Brazil, she has taken time to focus on her education and has adopted a cat. She said she plans to start training again soon.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC27 News App and the ABC27 Weather App for your phone and tablet.