The celebration begins at 4 p.m. with a firetruck escort to Olmsted Falls High School.
OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — It has been a whirlwind journey for Katie Nageotte. Just last week the Olmsted Falls native won a gold medal in the women’s pole vault during the Tokyo Olympics.
Now, she’s back in Northeast Ohio and will be the focus of a “welcome home” celebration Friday afternoon with a special meet-and-greet opportunity.
The celebration begins at 4 p.m. as Nageotte is given a firetruck escort from Village Green to Olmsted Falls High School. The public is invited to line the roads and cheer for Nageotte along the following route:
- Columbia Road between the Village Green and Bagley Road.
- Bagley Road from Columbia Road to just east of Olmsted Falls High School.
Organizers are asking everybody to wear their red, white and blue.
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Nageotte will then participate in a meet-and-greet celebration from 5-8 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School’s Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 4 p.m. The event — which is scheduled to move forward rain or shine — will also feature the Olmsted Falls High School marching band and cheerleaders.
“For the safety and comfort of all guests, please refrain from bringing chairs, backpacks, large bags and pets,” organizers said in their event flyer. “Tobacco use, including e-cigarettes (vape pens) and alcohol is prohibited on school property.”
3News was at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to catch up with Nageotte after she landed Thursday.
“I can’t even put it into words,” she said of the events from the last week. “And when I’m at a loss for words, you know that’s something.”
Nageotte won gold after topping the pole vault bar at 4.9m.
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