Young Kiwi medallists given hero's welcome in Cardrona

New Zealand's two young Olympic medallists were given a hero's welcome when they touched down at Cardrona ski field on Wednesday.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous made a flying visit to their home training ground on the last day of summer.

Cardrona is the Southern Hemisphere training base of the teenagers, who last week both claimed bronze medals in their respective events.

Friends of the pair and staff from the ski field gathered to get a look at the first Winter Olympic medals won by Kiwis in 26 years.

It was a particularly special homecoming for Sadowski-Synnott, who grew up in Wanaka.

"It's so good to be home, back where the magic happens and where we are for pretty much the whole New Zealand season," she said.

Earlier in the day the pair arrived to a crowd of well-wishers at Queenstown airport, including Lakes District Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod.

"I'm happy to say they came back and they knocked the bastard off!" he said.

The celebrations haven't finished yet. Tomorrow Sadowski-Synnott will head back to her school, Mount Aspiring College, before she and Porteous are officially welcomed home with a parade through Wanaka.



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