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Kearney talk of the town

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NORWICH, Vt. -

Olympic fever has reached the Upper Valley, the hometown of Olympian Hannah Kearney. The freestyle skier is back on the podium Saturday winning a bronze medal at the Sochi Games.  

Bob Dodge of Killington said, "The bronze is excellent, it is great that she again produced a platform performance and come back with a bronze."

Bob Dodge and other Hannah Kearney fans celebrated the mogul skier's 2nd Olympic medal at the Norwich Inn in Kearney's hometown. They say even though she didn't get the top prize the way she treats her hometown, is like gold.

U.S. Congressman Peter Welch and family joined in on the fun of celebrating the pride of Norwich.  Others celebrating Kearney's Bronze medal Saturday say the Olympic excitement will only continue with other Vermonters in the games. 

"We have so many wonderful Olympians in Vermont this year and other years that we are just so lucky to be where we are with the snow we've got," said Liz Trott of Tunbridge.

 Kearney got a hero's welcome when she returned from Vancouver with a gold in 2010. Hundreds lined the streets of the Upper Valley town to celebrate her gold medal. With a bronze, Welch says they are just as proud.

Welch and others watching the Games said regardless of placing or not it is Kearney's dedication to her hometown and her sport that should always be cheered on.  

"Hannah would come over and occasionally ski with the team and she would give the kids different tips on how to compete," said Dodge.

"There's a tradition in Vermont and in Norwich too of these Olympic athletes - and they are just ordinary kids going to local high schools that have this incredible ability," said Welch.

 "Four years ago, Hannah just electrified Norwich and the country," said Welch.

Kearney got a hero's welcome when she returned from Vancouver with a gold in 2010. Hundreds lined the streets of the Upper Valley town to celebrate her gold medal. With a bronze, Welch says they are just as proud.

"There's a tradition in Vermont and in Norwich too of these Olympic athletes - and they are just ordinary kids going to local high schools that have this incredible ability," said Congressman Welch.

Others celebrating Kearney's BRONZE medal Saturday say the Olympic excitement will only continue with other Vermonters in the games.

"We have so many wonderful Olympians in Vermont this year and other years that we are just so lucky to be where we are with the snow we've got," said Liz Trott of Tunbridge. 

Welch and others watching the Games said regardless of placing or not it is Kearney's dedication to her hometown and her sport that should always be cheered on.

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