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Fort Worth’s Olympic “Selfie King” Returns Home an Overnight Celebrity

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FORT WORTH -- Taking selfies isn't an Olympic sport, but if it were, Brent Folan would have won the gold in Rio de Janeiro last month.

"The Wall Street Journal dubbed me the 'Forrest Gump of the Rio Games,'" Folan told NewsFix. "And then Good Morning America called me the 'Selfie King of Rio.'"

Yep, Folan made quite a name for himself at the Games in Brazil.  So how'd a kid from Fort Worth end up as a selfie celebrity??

"I'm a big planner," said Folan. "Three years ago decided I wanted to the Olympics.  I love sports, and I love America, so what better place to go than the Summer Olympic Games.  It was the best 21 days of my life.  Met Kerri Walsh, Usain Bolt, met Michael Phelps... You name 'em, I probably met them."

And got pictures with them!  For a lot of those selfies, he was dressed head-to-toe in the Red, White, and Blue.  Namely, an iconic American flag onesie.

So, of course, he wore that patriotic getup to his welcome home party, where he celebrated his return to North Texas with friends and family.  There was even a Brazilian-style drink created in his honor, called the "Folan For the Gold."

So what's next for the "Selfie King"?

"Still deciding on South Korea for the Winter Games," Folan said. "But 100%, I'll be in Tokyo."

Yep, sounds like he'll see a lot of his new friends again in 2020.

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