GRESHAM, Ore. – The city of Gresham welcomed back two local Olympic athletes in a special homecoming celebration. Cousins Sam and Ryan Crouser are both graduates from Gresham high schools.
Ryan is a Sam Barlow High School grad, and Sam is a Gresham High School grad. And both competed in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Sam threw the javelin. Ryan won gold, and broke an Olympic record, in the shot put competition.
Their welcome home day started Friday at a Gresham Chamber of Commerce event, complete with gold medal pancakes. Then it was on to a special assembly at Sam Barlow High School. Both athletes were greeted with a standing ovation. They talked to hundreds of students about their Rio experience.
“To finally be back in Gresham, you know, to see everyone who supported us over the years, and our family, and the community, it's a great experience,” Sam said.
“It's a really cool experience, to come back, and have the community support that we do. And to have all our family, really, in one area,” said Ryan .
Both men say they are now looking forward to preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo.