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WILDWOOD CREST, N.J. - Students at a Cape May County elementary school got a special visit from a local olympian on Wednesday.
Both the students and the staff at Crest Memorial School welcomed back someone who they call a hometown hero, Wildwood Crest’s own local Olympian, Joe Maloy.
“Honestly, it’s unbelievable. I can’t believe so many kids took the time, it literally means a lot to me,” said Maloy.
The Olympian that’s traveled all over the globe competing says coming home is a bit surreal.
“To come back here where I was this kid who couldn’t win most athletic and I was getting my ears flicked in between classes and you know where I was just basically a normal 5th, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th grader. It’s kind of cool,” said Maloy.
Maloy competed in the men’s triathlon event during the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. And although he may not have brought home the gold, he finished as the top American in the race and 23rd place overall.
“I want the kids here to realize that if they're thinking what I’m doing is cool or inspiring that they should realize that they’re in the same exact position that I was in,” said Maloy.
And the staff at the elementary school thinks Maloy’s message is one their students need to hear.
“I think it’s just something realistic that they can hold on to and actually see with their own eyes, somebody from their own hometown competing against everyone in the world," said Melissa Raucci, a teacher at Crest Memorial School.
To thank the hometown hero the staff gifted Maloy a key to the school and a Crest Memorial hat to remember home when he’s competing around the world.