SPARKS, Nev. - Sparks Olympian Jake Dalton received a hero's welcome Monday as Sparks City Council declared it to be 'Jake Dalton Day'. But it was at the gym where it all began where he received the largest, and loudest show of support.
At Gymnastics Nevada, a gym owned by his parents, Dalton met with hundreds of fans to sign autographs and take pictures.
"Its been a long journey," his mother Denise Dalton said.
Although Dalton didn't return with a medal around his neck, there are plenty of people who know he is a winner.
"He's a really inspirational guy and really modest," twelve-year-old Corban Cocanour said. Cocanour trains at Gymnastics Nevada.
"You know I just want to give back to the sport that's given me so much," Jake Dalton said.
He often helps out at the gym; giving pointers to kids practicing.
"I just want to give back to the little kids who are dreaming of being there cause I was the one dreaming when I was a little kid," Dalton said.
He also said his experience in London has helped prepare him for what to expect in four years.
"I'm gonna keep on training and make sure we do everything we can to go to Rio and me on that medal podium," he said.
Dalton will also be receiving the key to Fernley later next week.