PHOTOS: Locals Gather for Olympic Homecoming

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The Reno community gathered at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in snowstorm conditions Friday night to welcome home two-time Olympic athlete David Wise.

Locals brought banners and American flags to celebrate Wise’s arrival. The airport also had a large banner made to which people could add supportive comments.

It was the thought his flight would be delayed for just under an hour, and airport staff worked diligently to keep the crowd excited and entertained during the wait. Unfortunately, winter weather conditions became so difficult that planes, including the one Wise was on, had to be diverted, in his case to Sacramento. While the sizable crowd was disappointed, they were also understanding and were able to show their support to Wise’s wife, Alexandra, his two young children, and father.

Mayor Hillary Schieve presented Alexandra Wise with a key to the city and spoke about watching the Wise’s performance at the Olympics. Alexandra Wise, told the crowd how much her husband wished he could be there and expressed her appreciation to everyone who had come out.

You can see Wise’s winning run on the NBC Sports YouTube channel:

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