Overland Park proud of hometown hero Jack Sock’s gold medal win

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- It was a gold medal day for Overland Park's own Jack Sock. The tennis player took the top prize at the Rio games with his partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the mixed doubles tennis competition.

Sock practices at an Overland Park training center when he is in town in between matches.

His coach, Mike Wolf said he will spend 2 to 4 hours a day here.

He tells us when Sock left for the Olympics he wasn't feeling so well and might have even had a slight case of pneumonia, but clearly that didn't hold him back.

For the Blue Valley North graduate, this is his second medal of the Rio games.

He also won bronze in men's doubles.

And Sock's competition for the gold medal match also has a local tie. Rajeev Ram, who competed alongside Venus Williams, also trains here, even though he’s from Indiana.

Sock is ranked 23rd in the world in singles.

Wolf, who serves as director of High Performance Tennis Academy, said Sock's gold comes from a lifetime of hard work.

Wolf says it's amazing to see how far Sock has come since he started coaching him when he was just 10 years old.

"It's just a testament to a lot of hard work, a lot of perseverance, things don't come easy. It's part of a process, that's one of the things I think about when I see him. These moments now is how many ups and downs there really are, how much you just have to stick with it," he said.

Sock took to Twitter after the gold medal win, still reeling from the excitement.

Last December, Blue Valley North inducted Sock into its Hall of Fame.