SALEM, Va.—Olympic fever is gripping the country as American athletes go for gold in London.
But, for one Salem man the view is a little different.
He's a former Olympian.
The attention Dr. Pat Kennedy give his patients is the same he perfected in a different life.
"I can say today, that I don't think I'd be a doctor if I hadn't been a swimmer," Kennedy said.
But, Kennedy wasn't just any kind of swimmer, he was an athlete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
He was just 20 when he wore a Team USA jacket and qualified to swim the 200-meter butterfly for the United States.
"It doesn't seem that long ago, but I have to kinda pinch myself because now I swim a couple times a week just for fun, and I think, did I really do that," Kennedy said.
Kennedy didn't win, but is still a fan. In fact, he trained at the same aquatics center -swimming star Michael Phelps did.
The first time I saw him he was 12 and he was already 6-feet tall," Kennedy said. "And, my coach at the time, well, he was still the coach there said - I want you to meet Michael, this kid is going to break your records. And, he got out of the pool and I was looking at him like, and I was like, 'He's going to kill my records!"
Nearly 15 years after that meeting, Pat Kennedy is still watching the games.
"I'm glued to it, I have a different perspective because I've been there, but I love the whole drama around it and seeing the kids who really do well under that kind of pressure," Kennedy said.
While his experience is a distant memory, he has a kickboard with all the names of the swimmers and one of the famous ones- Dara Torres.
Kennedy may get another shot at gold; his son hopes to compete for a place on the next Olympic swim team.