Saranac Lake welcomed home eight Olympians Wednesday night with a parade through the village.
Silver medalist and Saranac Lake native Chris Mazdzer was in attendance.
“To come up the finish line and to know that I guaranteed myself an Olympic medal, it was way more powerful than I thought it would be. It’s more emotion than you can dream of, if that makes sense,” said Mazder.
Summer Britcher used to waitress in Lake Placid. Now, the 24 year-old is an accomplished luge athlete.
“It’s so cool that the town and the community is throwing this parade and its a really exciting thing to be a part of,” said Britcher.
Marty Mazder organized the event.
“Lining up on the side streets see all the kids, Dewey Mountain and the boy scouts, and the girl scouts. To see all the fire trucks… The band, it was, I was like im in a parade and then to walk down main street to see the people lined up anc cheering. It was just fabulous, and then to get to the town hall and they had the cauldron they lit,” said Mazder.
Clare Egan is 2018 Olympian, and member of the U.S. World Cup biathlon team since 2015.
“It’s actually really nice to come back to a community where people are probably less concerned about what place we got, and more concerned about the fact that we participated in the Olympics, and you know, they are proud of us no matter what,” said Egan.