By Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Reno’s first Olympic gold medalist was greeted home by hundreds of people at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

David Wise received a hero’s welcome Thursday night after winning the men’s halfpipe freestyle skiing event in Sochi on Feb. 18.

He held up his gold medal to the cheering crowd and thanked those who believed him while he was a student at Wooster High School in Reno.

The school’s band played the Olympic theme song as well as the Wooster fight song at the rally.

Gov. Brian Sandoval presented Wise with a couple of Nevada license plates with the word “GOLD” on them and declared Friday as “David Wise Day” in Nevada.

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell also praised him.

The 23-year-old Wise was accompanied by his wife, Alexandra, and 2-year-old daughter, Nayeli.

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