Joined today by lawmakers and others who supported Vermont Olympians at the 2014 Winter Games in February, Gov. Peter Shumlin hosted five athletes in his State House Ceremonial Office and thanked all 19 Vermont Olympians for their strong performance in Sochi, Russia.
"You made your state proud," the Governor told the five -- Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Ida Sargent of Orleans, Sophie Caldwell of Peru, Liz Stephen of East Montpelier, and Susan Dunklee of Barton. "We cheered for you, celebrated your performances, and were thrilled that such outstanding athletes represented Vermont in the Winter Olympics."
The athletes were also recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives by the Legislature, and presented medallions created by Simon Pearce artisan glassblowing company headquartered in Windsor, Vermont.
"As Vermonters and Olympic athletes, you all help shine a global light on our little state's world class ski areas," said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. "Ski Vermont and our alpine and Nordic resorts owe you many thanks and we couldn't have been more proud watching you all compete during the Sochi Olympics. You have not only enhanced Vermont's rich ski culture and history, but you act as an inspiration to the youth of our state and beyond."