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Malone sends clear message to students

Fame can sometimes cause a shift in priorities, but judging from Jordan Malone’s advice to students at Nelson Elementary School on Friday, an Olympic medal hasn’t clouded his perspective.

Malone had three simple tips for students to help them succeed like he has in life: Have dreams and goals, listen to those who want to help and work hard.

“It’s nothing they haven’t already been told, [but] when they hear it from me, maybe they will pay attention a little more,” Malone told us.

“I don’t know how long the kids carry it for, but if one kid is able to take a lesson I teach them and really drive it home and potentially do what I did, it’s all worth it,” Malone said.

Malone told the students that every goal starts out as a dream and becomes a goal when they start to go after it.

“It feels good to turn that dream or goal into a medal,” he said.

But Malone also made it clear that this bit of advice can apply to being the best student, the best athlete or just being the best son or daughter one can be.

The second point was encouraging the students to listen to people who want to help them, such as teachers, coaches or parents.

“There are special people who want to make you better in everything you do,” he said.

Malone told them, as he displayed the silver medal he won at Sochi, that he did not get the medal or any of his other accomplishments on his own — he had people who helped him.

“The only difference between me and the people who don’t have these [medals] is I worked so hard,” he said. “Whether it’s in school or it’s in sports, we have to remind ourselves, ‘I will work very hard to do that.’”

Malone’s words appeared to make an impression with students, and we can appreciate why — an opportunity to hear from an Olympic medal winner who hails from your hometown is a special experience.

We appreciate Malone taking the time to offer such sound advice to impressionable young minds and doing it so well.

His statements about setting goals and working hard were sound directives, but his statement about listening to teachers, coaches or parents was especially meaningful.

These dedicated folks can use all the help they can get in making sure their message gets across.

Young people often idolize sports stars and celebrities, and it’s a relief when one of them deserves the acclaim.

Denton should take a lot of pride in Jordan Malone, and his Olympic medal is just one of the reasons.