HARRISBURG, Pa. - At the 2008 Olympic Games, Harrisburg native Hyleas Fountain won the silver medal in the heptathlon. Sunday, she returned to Harrisburg to share her story with kids. Her speech was presented by the non-profits L.O.O.P. and Breaking the Chainz.
Both groups have a mission to keep youth off of the streets and give them hope and skills for the future. After kids had their faces painted and enjoyed lunch, they listened as Fountain explained how she made it to the Olympics.
"Even though you come from Harrisburg, we're obviously not the biggest town, you can still be successful and with hardwork and dedication you can be successful in anything you do," she said.
An injury kept her from competing in the 2012 games, but she is taking her own advice and training for 2016.