People gather to watch local Olympians compete

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SPRING GROVE, Pa. -- People are coming together to cheer for local Olympians in Central Pennsylvania.

A crowd gathered at Spring Grove Community Park to watch York Count native Hali Flickinger swim at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

Flickinger made it to the women's 200 meter butterfly finals. She finished 7th.

David Dietrich, an assistant principal at Spring Grove High School, said, "It's an amazing thing. It's not often that small communities have Olympians go on and compete on this world stage."

Her family said no matter what, they are proud of her making it this far.

Joann Luckembaugh, Flickinger's great aunt, said, "Whether she's a winner or not a winner, she's still a winner in all our hearts."

Others came out to Spooky Nook in Lancaster County to watch the USA women's field hockey team play Japan in the Olympics. They beat Japan 6-1.

Matt Soto used to coach Jill Witmer when she played at Penn Manor.

Soto, the director of field Hockey operations at Spooky Nook Sports, said, "It's one of the most exciting things I've ever known. This little girl who's now a young woman who's an amazing athlete, one of the best players in the world, is now playing in the Olympics and scoring goals, it's terrific."

The national field hockey team practices there in Manheim. And many people look up to the women who play there.

Bev Hess, from Lancaster, said, "It was amazing the little girls that were here. In fact they sat around us and I kept asking them well what happened there, what was that all about? So absolutely it's inspiring them."

Emma Rosensteel, from Dillsburg, said, "It makes me feel like I always have to work and like you can never slack and you just have to keep working every single day to get better."

The field hockey team will play India Thursday.

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