Peter Taylor's bronze medal in London was somewhat overshadowed by New Zealand striking triple gold in other Olympic rowing events at Eton Dorney.
But the Wellingtonian - one half of the double lightweight sculls along with Southlander Storm Uru - was centre of attention as he showed off his prized possession at his old school, Wellesley College, yesterday.
"It's a nice opportunity to share the enjoyment of the bronze medal with the kids and get them inspired or more active in sport," the 28-year-old said.
"I've been going to the schools and seeing the delight when the kids wear the medal around their necks.
"It's cool to have that influence and show kids that they can achieve great things once they find their passion."
Former world champions Taylor and Uru had spent six years working toward gold but Taylor said the result of bronze was "still awesome".
Unfinished business meant he would probably still be rowing come Rio in 2016.
"I feel like there's still more to give in rowing and that rowing hasn't seen the best of me yet. There's more I want to achieve and I'm looking forward towards Rio but we'll just see over the next few months when I do get into the boat."
Taylor reckoned the 2012 season was the best he had ever rowed and felt there was still room for improvement.
Uru was chilling out in Invercargill and will hit the ski slopes soon as the pair give their intense working relationship "a bit of space".
"We've spent six years together and we've learnt a lot about each other. We're pretty close friends because we've been through a lot, great success and huge disappointment," Taylor said.
It was likely Taylor and Uru would take some time out as a pairing on the water and experiment with different combinations during the next two years before potentially reuniting ahead of Rio.
"Like the Danish double who won gold in our event, they took two years out of the boat together and then came back for the last two years to achieve that result.
"So it's achievable, we'll see what Storm's up to and what the Rowing NZ selectors feel is best use of my abilities."
Success was breeding success at Rowing NZ and Taylor said that competitive, healthy environment was too attractive to walk away from.
"Everyone is doing the same work on the water and so when we saw Cohen and Sullivan winning, Mahe winning and Bond and Murray, you go ‘well, we've done the same training as them, we can achieve the same'. It's really cool to be a part of it."
Taylor had to fight back tears on the eve of the Olympics when revealing that he had been unable to attend the funeral of his grandmother in mid-July.
He said sharing his bronze medal with his brothers, sisters and parents in London was special.
"That was very cool and I'm pretty sure my grandmother was overhead watching the efforts that we put in. It's nice to return home now and spend some time with my granddad and mum and dad and just relax and share what this has brought to the family."
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