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PHOTOS: Canada’s Olympians return home to warm receptions

Canada's Olympians returned home this week following extended stays in Rio for the Games and there were plenty of warm receptions upon arrival.

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Many of Canada’s Olympians returned home this week following an extended stay in Rio for the 2016 Olympics. The Rio Games concluded on Sunday with the closing ceremony and athletes began departing in the following days.

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It’s about a 10.5-hour direct flight to Toronto from Rio. Others, like Melissa Bishop, flew overseas to continue racing. The 28-year-old 800m runner raced at the Diamond League in Lausanne, Switzerland just days after finishing fourth in Rio.

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Here are some warm welcomes that Canada’s athletics team received upon arrival which were then posted to social media.

Noelle Montcalm – Windsor, Ont. (400m hurdles)

Nate Brannen – Avon Lake, Ohio (1,500m)

Damian Warner – London, Ont. (Decathlon)

Andre De Grasse – Toronto (Men’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m)

Krista DuChene – Brantford, Ont. (Marathon)

And while some athletes got warm welcomes upon their returns to Canada, others got pleasant surprises on the plane ride back home. Air Canada, an official sponsor of Canada’s Olympic team, treated some athletes to upgrades on their lengthy trip back from Rio.

Lanni Marchant – London, Ont. (10,000m and marathon)

Inaki Gomez – Vancouver (Race walk)

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