Crowds gathered in three American cities Wednesday as Team USA Weightlifting returned home from the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bronze Medalist Sarah Robles got the homecoming party started with a big celebration at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport just after 5 a.m. Mountain Time Wednesday. A drum line and cheerleaders welcomed Robles home.
"All the things that I've been through this last quad, it feels good on top to be back on top again," Robles told the crowd. "I had the performance of my life. With or without a medal, it would have been the best experience ever. I am happy."
A couple of hours later, Kendrick Farris landed in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. Farris, a 3-time Olympian, was greeted by family.
"Obviously we trained to be at the top level and I feel like that’s exactly where I was at -- it’s been a long four years," Farris told the Shreveport Times. "But I got to connect with a few brothers and sisters. The poverty level is very high, but the people’s spirit is very high. They are very rich people. I made connections that will last a lifetime."
Then just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jenny Arthur and Morghan King touched down at the Colorado Springs Airport. Staff from the USA Weightlifting National Office greeted these first-time Olympians as they arrived home and delivered certificates signifying the American Records they broke at the Rio Games.
Tired, but thankful, both are excited to be home and already looking forward to Tokyo 2020.
WELCOME HOME TEAM USA!