VIDEO: Kiwi Olympians welcomed home
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 9:30a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Fans and families of Olympic athletes returning from London are this morning at Auckland airport to welcome the team home.
Cyclists, athletes and swimmers landed just before 9am, and another flight carrying the rowers, sailors and hockey players landed just before 11am.
Among those waiting was the family of cycling pursuit team’s bronze medallist Aaron Gates.
“The Olympics have been fantastic but watching the cycling had been the ultimate, it will just be great to see him," said Gates’ aunt, Anne Rowe, as she waited for him to come through customs.
BMX silver medallist Sarah Walker says she is definitely glad to be back, and is overwhelmed by the number of people waiting to greet the athletes.
Bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven was also surprised to see the crowd gathered.
"I can't believe there's this many people, it's so special coming back here.”
He says now he's back he's going to rest, and visit friends and family in Auckland before going to Christchurch for a welcoming ceremony.
He says he will be travelling to Japan in September for more training.
Mahe Drysdale’s cousin Danny Watts brought his three daughters, Drysdale’s nieces, to greet the gold medal-winning rower.
"I'm just immensely proud. He's put in so many years of hard work. He missed out at Beijing so to come through and get the gold, it's just amazing," says Mr Watts.
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15/08/2012 3:55:47 p.m.
Even though the bulk of our Olympic Team is now back in NZ, the continuing media focus has been on medal winners. Do the other members of the team no longer matter?
15/08/2012 11:51:09 a.m.
very proud of all NZL athletes representing us and our country. You all will be very famous to us any one who makes the olympics is just amazing and i wana send my love to all you guys n thanks for bringing home medals and to do us country proud in letting the rest of the world we are small but such big hearted people, a job well done NEW ZEALAND the BEST nda WORLD
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