By Chad Damp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
11:36 PM PDT, September 1, 2012
PLYMOUTH – She came up just short of winning an Olympic medal in London, but to many, Plymouth native Morgan Uceny is still a hero.
She returned to her hometown Saturday, making a special appearance at the Blueberry Festival.
The community is proud of its Olympian – medal or no medal.In front of a huge crowd of fans, Uceny talked about competing in the London Olympics where she was a favorite to win gold.
"I just can't thank all of you enough, because obviously it was an amazing experience that had a terrible ending, and if it wasn't for the support of my entire community and all you guys, it would have been a lot harder to deal with, so I thank you all."
An inspiring but tragic story – After making it to the final race in the 1500 meters, Morgan was tripped on the final lap.
"In my head, I thought I'm getting a medal because I felt so good. Sorry if I start crying. I just felt amazing, and I thought this is it. This is gonna happen for me. And the next thing I knew, I was on the ground." (fighting back tears at end)
Morgan is back on her feet now and is only looking forward to future races and a possible run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
"I love to do what I'm doing. I love to run. I love to compete, and as long as I'm still passionate about it, I'm gonna give it my all."
Uceny was injured by her fall at the Olympics which forced her to end her season early.
She now lives in California and will head there to recover after visiting friends and family here.