Montpelier parade honors Vt. Olympian Amanda Pelkey

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A Vermont gold medal winner was celebrated in Montpelier Friday.

Amanda Pelkey returned home Friday and the community couldn't wait to see her and her brand new Olympic gold medal. Pelkey was honored with a parade through Montpelier. It started at the high school and ended at City Hall. Pelkey was awarded the Olympic flag that city officials raised before the games began.

Hundreds of people, including young hockey players, lined up in front of City Hall.

It's been a whirlwind since the UVM grad and team USA won the gold medal over Canada, so Pelkey is happy to be back home.

"Our media tour has lasted two weeks now and it was probably the craziest thing I've even been a part of. So coming home to familiar faces, being able to take pictures and sign autographs for people that I know, that's why I'm going to take the time to see everyone here because it means the world to me," Pelkey said.

The athlete said she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from this community, not just during the Olympics but through her entire journey to get there.

"My coach said to us before the gold medal game, that I think truly stuck with us just as people, he said, 'If each and every one of you play with heart and soul in this game, we won't have a problem.' And I think every single player did that and I couldn't have asked for a better team and a better community to share this with so thank you," Pelkey said.

Saturday, Pelkey will drop the ceremonial puck before the Norwich women's hockey game at 3 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena. Then, she's off to Boston where she's going to be in the St. Patrick's Day parade and then will be honored at the TD Garden before the Bruins game Monday night.