2016 Olympic Gold Medal Relay Team

We are so proud of our Hometown Hero, Ryan Held, who earned a Gold medal Sunday evening in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Ryan, who is a 2014 Sacred-Heart Griffin graduate, took gold in the 400-meter-freestyle-relay along with teammates, Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian.

Caeleb Dressel swam the first leg, finishing just behind France at the wall. Ryan, who will be a junior at North Carolina State University, kept the Americans in front during the third leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Sunday night, following on the lead provided by Michael Phelps. Nathan Adrian sealed the gold with a strong anchor leg.

Ryan's tears of joy during the Medal ceremony have touched the hearts of our nation and represent all that is good about the Olympics. Standing between Adrian and Phelps, Ryan bent his head and tears rolled down his face as the anthem blared. Phelps saw what was happening and draped his arm around Ryan's neck.

Thank you, Ryan Held-all your dedication and hard work has paid off, and your hometown could not be any prouder!