Olympians returned home after Tokyo Games where fans weren’t allowed

(NewsNation Now) – The finish line is in sight. On Saturday in Tokyo, the competitions for the 2020 Summer Olympics will come to an end. During the 16 days of the Olympics, due to concerns over COVID-19, many American champions returned home.

Olympians look from Toyko’s games to American soil, whether it’s gold, silver or bronze or just an experience like no other.

Homesickness has been a problem for many athletes competing on the big stage with no family or friends in the stands. Without a doubt – from top athletes to unsung heroes – the homecoming celebrations in the United States have been special for Olympians.

“It feels so good; I finally feel like I won Olympic gold,” said American Ana Zolotic, who won a gold medal in the 57kg women’s taekwondo.

Many Olympics have been greeted by heroes – some with balloons and hugs, others with firefighters and party buses.

“I didn’t just win this medal for myself and my country; I won it for everyone who is here tonight as well, ”said Kayle Browning.

From North America to Asia and back again, the Olympians homecoming parties prove that the passion and pride for national superstars is a holiday worth living.

“I was thinking on the plane, I’m like, oh, it will be business as usual, seeing my family… you know, maybe taking pictures with friends,” Zolotic said. “But, my God, I just got so emotional – I couldn’t believe I’m just happy to be here with my family and friends.”

And the games’ biggest star returned home too – on Friday, Simone Biles posted touching photos of her loved ones entwined at home in Houston.

Naomi C. Amerson