Olympic skater Alexander Mark speaks to students at Marlborough Elementary School

He stopped to visit his former school in Montgomery County

Published: Sep 16 2013 06:12:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2013 06:21:31 AM EDT
GREEN LANE, Pa. -

A 2014 Winter Olympic hopeful stopped by his former Montgomery County elementary school.

It was definitely not an icy reception for the speed skater at Marlborough Elementary School in Green Lane Monday afternoon.

Alexander Mark, 23, told the excited students to "dream big."

And Mark said the school is a great place to start.

"It's always fun to see, you know, the people who helped start a lot of where my dream began," he said.

Mark is currently training in Salt Lake City for the 2014 Winter Games.

The speed-skating trials begin in December.