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Hundreds Come Out For Big Homecoming For Olympian David Wise

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An Olympic Gold Medalist is finally home in Reno after making the rounds on national television.

David Wise got a hero's welcome home a few weeks after winning the gold in Sochi. Once he got off the plane, he took to the microphone to tell the crowd how they inspired him while competing.

"Not only am I out there representing myself, but I'm representing everyone who's believed in me along the way," he said.

We asked his wife, Alexandra, about the reception he got as he walked through the airport.

"Humbling," she said. "Because it's just so cool to see everybody here supporting us, but I just totally feel the love. It's so impacting. It's so powerful."

The event brought out people David is close with, like his youth group with the Valley View Christian Fellowship. The kids were excited to see David with the gold medal.

"It's crazy because, like, we knew him when he was going the X-Games, and everything," said Serena Poudrier. "He's just like this humble guy, and now he's coming home, and everybody's like, 'there's David!' We're like, 'yeah, we've known him forever.'"

People who don't know David also came out, including Richard DeNigris. He told me why it was important for him to be here.

"We read about it in the newspaper," he said. "I said, 'we got to get out to see this.' It's very exciting, a once-in-a-lifetime event."

There was a short presentation as Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval gave the Wise family a number of gifts. One of them was a couple of Nevada sesquicentennial celebration license plates with some fitting text... "gold." The Governor also declared Friday, February 28th as "David Wise Day." Wise told us how unreal that was.

"I didn't know what to think about that," he said. "That's entirely too much for me, in my opinion."

He told the crowd how overwhelming this ceremony was.

"I've been entirely over-sold here," Wise joked, as the crowd laughed. "Everything from now on is just going to be a disappointment for all of you!" (crowd laughs)

We also asked him how it felt to not only represent the United States and Nevada, but also as a Wooster Colt.

"Some people saw something in me and just believed and said, 'we're going to do everything we can in our power to get you where you want to go,'" Wise said. "Wooster High School was that for me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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