Photos: Missy Franklin dances at Olympic-sized welcome home ceremony
On Saturday, Colorada welcomed back Missy Franklin and home-state Olympians at a Centennial Center Park event. As Governor John Hickenlooper noted, Colorado athletes won nine of 104 U.S. medals at the Olympics this year. By his math, that's 8.65 percent of the total, though Coloradans only make up 2 percent of the population. So "we outperformed the market substantially," he said. Get details and see photos of Franklin and fellow Olympians below.
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Chris Marlowe, the play-by-play announcer for the Nuggets, emceed the event partly because he's a lively public speaker, but mostly due to the fact that he's also an Olympian. His men's volleyball team won gold in the 1984 games in Las Angeles, and now he's neighbors with Missy Franklin. "We're here for those who dared to dream," he told the audience.
Chris Marlowe welcomes the Olympians home. Students from Franklin's high school, Regis Jesuit, graced the stage to sing the national anthem. Franklin salutes her country and her classmates during the national anthem.
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Governor John Hickenlooper thanks Colorado's Olympians of past and present.