Eatonton's Olympian Vincent Hancock spent time at his alma mater, Gatewood Schools, Friday visiting with students.
Kids young and old lined the streets in front of the school, decked out in red, white, and blue to see the skeet shooting champion roll in.
Hancock graduated from Gatewood in 2007, now he's the first to win back-to-back gold medals in his event.
He says, "It's an amazing experience, being able to come back to my old school, my alma mater, and see people that are just excited for me, to be able to come out here and look at a gold medal, touch it, feel it, and take pictures with all these kids too. It's a really good sense of accomplishment for me to know that I can impact so many people in a positive way."
Students soaked in Hancock's words of wisdom, and he hopes his story will inspire others to aim for their goals.
"When I was growing up," he says, "there wasn't really much of an avenue to get anywhere in my sport. So if I can tell these kids the experiences that I've had, what I've been through, going into the army at 17 years old, and winning the world championships at 16, and winning two Olympic gold medals, and maybe they can take something from that and build on it in their lives, and hopefully do something even greater than what I've accomplished."
One piece of Hancock's advice stuck out for brothers and aspiring shooters, Jasper and Aaron Copelan.
"He said to make sure you stay with something if you want to do it. Don't quit," says Jasper Copeland, a ninth grader at Gatewood.
It's that "never quit" attitude that won Hancock a gold medal in Beijing at only 19 years old and his second in London at 23. Hancock said he wants to share that success with everyone around him.
"Winning a gold medal isn't everything in the world. If you can impact people in a positive way on a daily basis, then I think that's the highest accolade that you can possibly reach for yourself," he said. "Knowing that you're completely serving selflessly to impact other people, that's what it's all about."
The Eatonton Chamber of Commerce plans to throw an all-day event in honor of Hancock Saturday. The festivities include a motorcade and time for folks to chat with their Olympian and hometown hero.