Reporter Adam Sullivan: What do you guys think about Hannah?
Kids: She's awesome!
Did we even need to ask? The smiles, signs and high fives say it all. Hannah Kearney is loved in her hometown of Norwich, Vt.
"Just because she is representing our town and she went to our school and it is really cool," said Tyler Towers, a Norwich fifth grader.
The bronze medal from Sochi she wears around her neck, along with the gold she earned in Vancouver, is reason to celebrate for both Marion Cross Students from Kearney's former elementary and other residents who have watched her excel in the sport of freestyle skiing. "For the town to come out like this to enjoy her and her accomplishments is just spectacular," said Jon Wilkinson from Norwich.
The ceremony only lasted a few minutes. There was quick moment to honor the Olympian and then it was time for her to show her own appreciation to those gathering on the green. "Thank you for everyone who volunteered their time, their energy and gave up their afternoon to be out here. It really does mean a lot to me. Thank you," Kearney said.
Getting to the school to sign autographs after the event was slow going considering the mogul skier was swarmed by students along the way. "It feels wonderful. It is overwhelming," Kearney said.
"The kids are so adorable. The enthusiasm and the energy. I think it makes her realize how much inspiration she actually provides," said Jill Kearney, Hannah's mom.
Reporter Adam Sullivan: Do you think a bronze medal is cool?
Sochi was Kearney's last Olympic games but that does not mean her skiing career is over. She leaves Tuesday for Japan for five more World Cup events, and you can bet that the spirit of this town will be with her every step of the away.
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