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Leo Manzano parade

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It was a celebration for a hometown hero. Marble Falls honoring one of its finest. Former Longhorn and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Leo Manzano. "It's awesome. It's amazing. I feel really blessed being a part of this community, and also growing up here. Just really blessed that they think of me highly," said Manzano. His former high school assistant track coach at Marble Falls added,"This is something when you say you know that's somebody that deserves it. I remember when I was an athlete one time my coach said to me, something that happened that was real good to me. He said good things happen to nice people. Well great things ought to happen to Leo because of the kind of guy he is."

As for where this ceremony ranks for Manzano? "This is definitely the top five the top three. This is amazing. They've been very very supportive and I'm just really excited that I could be part of this."

Hundreds of folks got a chance at the celebration to meet with the silver medalist. Got his autograph and took pictures. And while Leo's definitely proud of all he's accomplished. He hopes his story inspires others. "The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is that is doesn't matter how you grow up where you come from. You look at me. I'm 5'5, and I just want them to know that if you set your mind and your heart to it. You can do anything. I want to be able to inspire kids. I want them to be able to look at me and be like hey if he can do it, I can do it. And there's no reason why I can't do it."

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