Team Canada arrived after the long flight home from Korea with smiles on their faces and medals draped around their necks.
We saw them off in style when the 141 athletes and coaches departed from YVR last week for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But they arrived home to even greater fanfare as the water cannons blasted a welcome home arch for them airside and Air Canada employees waved maple leaf placards and cheered as they streamed off the aircraft.
The eight-day event wrapped up yesterday and was the biggest sporting event on the planet this year, featuring athletes from 111 nations. In total, Canadian athletes earned 109 medals, up from a previous record of 101 in 2009. One of those medals was the gold earned by Kevin Ellis, pictured left, who proudly showed off the hardware he won in cross-country skiing.
Anyone interested in learning more about Team Canada Special Olympics can check out their press release visit their website www.teamcanada2013.ca where there is a diary of their experiences or even check out their Flickr account that has lots of cool photos.
Cindy (Cynthia) Collins (left) and Rachel Vleau (right) are welcomed home at YVR. Cindy won two medals, a gold in the 100m Snowshoe and a silver in the Snowshoe relay, and Rachel helped carry the flag for the North American contingent during the opening ceremonies.