NORTH READING, Mass. (WHDH) -
Sochi Olympian Alex Carpenter received a hero’s welcome Saturday morning when she returned to her hometown of North Reading for the first time since the games.
Carpenter was one of the shining starts of the U.S. women’s hockey team. She scored four goals and led her team to the silver medal.
Dozens of people came out to Ipswich River Park to show their support on “Alex Carpenter Day.”
“This is unbelievable. You know, I love this town and it's pretty cool to see a community come together like this. I know they were with me when I was over in Sochi and cheering for us so it's pretty cool to come back to something like this,” Carpenter said.
Her father Bobby Carpenter, who played for the Bruins, said that going to the Olympics was always a possibility for Alex.
“It takes such a long time and all the training and we always had hopes and aspirations. I guess as long as it was her goal and her driven ability that she wanted to do it, we probably had no doubt that it would happen at one point,” he said.
Carpenter added that the proudest thing she wore in Sochi wasn’t the silver medal, but her jersey.
“any time you get to put on the USA jersey and represent your country it's pretty special,” Carpenter said.