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Team USA members stop in O'Hare

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  • Snowboarder Alex Deibold shows off his bronze medal as about 20 members of Team USA stopped at O'Hare International Airport Monday afternoon on their way home from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

       Snowboarder Alex Deibold shows off his bronze medal as about 20 members of Team USA stopped at O'Hare International Airport Monday afternoon on their way home from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • United employees and travelers held up signs welcoming home members of Team USA, after about 20 skiers, snowboarders and curlers came through O'Hare International Airport Monday, on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. United Airlines is the official airline of Team USA.

       United employees and travelers held up signs welcoming home members of Team USA, after about 20 skiers, snowboarders and curlers came through O'Hare International Airport Monday, on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. United Airlines is the official airline of Team USA.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Speed skater Eddy Alvarez shows the silver medal he won at the Winter Olympics in Sochi while passing through O'Hare International Airport Monday, on his way home to Salt Lake City, Utah.

       Speed skater Eddy Alvarez shows the silver medal he won at the Winter Olympics in Sochi while passing through O'Hare International Airport Monday, on his way home to Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

Cheers and chants of "U-S-A!" erupted in Terminal 1 of O'Hare International Airport Monday afternoon as roughly 20 Olympic athletes from Team USA -- including four medalists -- came through Chicago on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Many of them posed for photos with travelers and signed autographs before connecting to other flights, mainly to Colorado and Utah.

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"It's good to be home," said silver medalist speed skater Eduardo "Eddy" Alvarez, of Salt Lake City, the first Cuban-American male to make an American Olympic skating team.

Snowboardcross bronze medalist Alex Deibold, of Boulder, Colo., said the highlight for him was walking with Team USA into the opening ceremonies.

"And I walked home with a bronze medal, so that's pretty cool," he said.

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