Tim Federowicz was riding in style from his alma mater Apex High School downtown.
“It was awesome,” he said. “My daughter, she was a little nervous at first, but she loved it and it was a great experience.”
Federowicz just returned from Tokyo where he competed with the United States baseball team and won a silver medal.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “We set ourselves the goal of winning a medal when we went there to Tokyo. We came together as a team, as brothers and we succeeded. It’s an incredible feeling to come back. Such a return to home and seeing all these amazing people in this town.”
“It was an honor to meet an Olympian today,” said Apex resident Jodi Wahba. “A local guy. It’s just amazing. What’s amazing is that even though we live in a really big area, we feel really close to home. Just being able to make someone win one from Apex and he’s right here. It’s amazing.” (kin)
Federowicz, 34, graduated from Apex High as a two-time all-conference pick, captain and defensive player of the year before playing baseball at Carolina and later professionally. Friday was a full circle moment for Federowicz as Mayor Gilbert of Apex presented him with the key to the city.
“It’s great,” Federowicz said. “I was going to try every door and see if it works. I’m very excited and completely humbled. It’s been an amazing journey.”
“I can’t believe someone who went to Apex won a medal at the Olympics,” said 11-year-old Matthew Gray. “It’s honestly really crazy.”
Federowicz’s success is felt throughout the community, including the young boys and girls growing up in his hometown.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said 11-year-old Lincoln Wahba. “Usually I only see cool stuff on TV and now I see it in person. I just don’t know how to explain it. Speechless. It’s really awesome. I might want to try to do that then I’ll try.”
Federowicz spent a lot of time taking photos and signing autographs and he said that’s what it’s all about – inspiring the next generation to believe they can do it too.
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