Team Canada athletes arrive home from Sochi Winter Games
Olympians greeted by fans, family and media in Calgary
Photos by Allison Drinnan
Speed skaters Vincent De Haitre (left) and Calgarians Kaylin Irvine (middle) and Anastasia Bucsis (right) laugh as they stand before the media on Tuesday. After a long flight from Sochi, the Olympians arrive back on Canadian soil.
Team Canada fan Billy Morrison is hard to miss wearing a Canadian flag and a big smile at the Calgary International Airport on Tuesday. When asked if he has any relation to speed skater Denny Morrison, Billy responds with a laugh saying, "I wish."
A large cake with "Welcome Home Team Canada" is put front and centre for athletes arriving in Calgary on Tuesday. They are met by a group of official white hat greeters at the Calgary International Airport.
Gilmore Junio and Denny Morrison arrive home from Sochi on Tuesday. "This is one of the greatest guys in the world," says Morrison of Junio.
Gilmore Junio's uncle Eddie Tantay waits patiently for his nephew to arrive. Media were lined up to speak with Junio, who became a national hero when he gave his qualifying spot to teammate Denny Morrison.
Fans push to the front of the crowd to capture a photo of members of Team Canada arriving home from Sochi. Speed skaters Junio and Morrison are the big attraction. Junio said he never thought he would be walking into a media gathering like the one on Tuesday. "It's all because of him," says Junio of Morrison. "He makes me look good."
Sylvie and Paul Newman are hard to miss at the airport on Tuesday afternoon. They are eager to see Calgarian Gilmore Junio arrive with the rest of the Team Canada Olympic speed skating team.
Bobsledders Justin Kripps, Tim Randall and Chris Spring became Internet sensations with the hashtag "Beardmode" while in Sochi. Randall takes a quick photo of the large crowd of media and fans on Tuesday.