Curt Tomasevicz was not expecting this. He thought maybe eight or ten people would show up at the Lincoln Municipal Airport to welcome him home from Sochi. Not the case as nearly 200 people crowded the main level.
"This is just absolutely incredible," he remarked as he got off the escalator to dozens of adoring fans.
After winning Gold in Vancouver, Tomasevicz came home with the Bronze Medal, a feat he says meant even more.
"It's hard for a lot of people to believe, but this one was a dog fight, there was never a big lead," he said. "The bond I had with my teammates was incredible and we knew it was going to be tough."
In fourth place going in the last of four runs, Tomasevicz and the rest of the four-man team came away with Bronze, by 3/100ths of a second.
"Maybe it's not a Gold Medal," he said. "But this is just as special as Vancouver."
A gracious hometown hero, the Shelby native took time to greet old friends, snap every photo and sign every autograph.
"It's incredible, I don't know if the Lincoln Airport is ever this busy on a Tuesday," he joked. "Lot of familiar faces, lot of people I don't know. It's just incredible."
Now, after three Olympics, two medals and ten years in a sled, Tomasevicz will retire. Next, he plans to explore media opportunities on either coast, riding the so-called Olympic wave. First, he joked, he might need to spend a couple days helping out on the farm.