ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - The room filled with Montgomery County residents and county employees thrilled to meet two hometown 2012 Olympic athletes.
"To be an athlete who qualifies for the Olympics is quite an accomplishment and we as a community could not be prouder to have five that participated from Montgomery County," Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive told the crowd.
Legget hosted the reception in honor of the athletes at the county executive building in Rockville, Md. on Wednesday. In attendance was Katie Ledecky, gold medal winner for the women's 800 meter freestyle event with the second-fastest swim of all time, and Scott Parsons, men's slalom kayak event. The three remaining Olympic athletes did not attend due to schedule conflicts.
After an introduction the county executive went on to present Parson and Ledecky with a certificate for their outstanding performance as athletes.
"Congratulations to both of you, for representing not only your respective communities but also for representing the United States of America as elite athletes, you've both made us extremely proud," he said.
The crowd cheered and stood from their seats to greet the athletes.
Ledecky, 15, was the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and the second youngest American woman to win an individual gold medal.
With the Olympics behind her and the summer coming to an end, Ledecky is getting back to her normal routine.
"I'm just going back to school, I started Monday and getting back into training and just continuing to work hard and find ways to get better," she said.
Sounds pretty normal, but with all the buzz of her Olympic success one could only wonder if she was treated like a celebrity at school?
"No, not really, she said very modestly while chuckling. "I guess slightly."
She went on to say how she enjoyed an intimate celebration at school today where she got to answer questions about her experience at the Olympic Games.
A few feet away, stood Parsons signing autographs and taking pictures with those in attendance.
"It's a huge honor [to be here], Montgomery County has been my home for 15-years and every time I come home I'm thankful I'm coming back to Montgomery County," he said.
The 33-year-old did not advance from the qualifying run in the 2012 Olympic single men's kayak event. Parsons placed 16th with a score of 94.16, leaving him 1.59 seconds shy of advancing to the top 15.
The three-time Olympian has had an extensive career, placing 7th in the 2007 World Championships and being named the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Male Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Parson is undecided if he will give the 2016 Olympics Games a shot.
"I'm sort of up in the air about my future, there is a lot to consider," he said.
But one thing he knows for certain.
"I will always Kayak whether it's competitively or not, it's a great sport."