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Local Olympian returns home
CINCINNATI (Brad Johansen) -- The bronze medal winner in the Slope-Style Ski Event is greeted by family and fans as he lands at the airport Tuesday.
Then, it's back home to Lawrenceburg. The kid who first learned to ski at the age of 5-years-old on the slopes of Perfect North was back in his old stomping grounds. This time he had something special around his neck as evidence that dreams really do come true.
The 19-year-old wanted to come back to Lawrenceburg High School to share his positive message for the teens. He says his medal is never really far from him; either in his pocket or a around his neck. And he still gets nervous when it's even in a travel bag.
Nick became the darling of social media when he said he was looking for love and asked for potential Valentines to tweet the hashtag #iwanttodatenick. The best would win a date.
Tuesday he says he wants to pay his fame forward, "It's really sweet and my family and my friends keep me so humble. And I'm so greateful for that. One thing I'm really stoked about is now I have a platform and opportunity to hopefully do some really cool things and inspire some kids, go to some hospitals and stoke out some sick kids and just, um, use it for good."
The date choices have apparently been narrowed down to five as he looks for a girl with special creativity. He says the reunion is overwhelming and he will remember the words his fellow Olympians told him, "Once an Olympian, always an Olympian.