Nations welcome athletes home

Olympic champions and medalists from around the globe were welcomed home

by cheering fans and supporters in their home countries.

Gold medalist Nathan Cohen waves to school children as they travel by bus to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Gold medalist Nathan Cohen waves to school children as they travel by bus to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Gold medalist Nathan Cohen waves to school children as they travel by bus to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Olympians pose on the top deck of the bus before they travel to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Olympians pose on the top deck of the bus before they travel to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Olympians pose on the top deck of the bus before they travel to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Sarah Walker has some fun behind as Dave Currie, Chef de Mission (L), sailor Blair Tuke and kayaker Lisa Carrington (R) travel on Jetstar to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Sarah Walker has some fun behind as Dave Currie, Chef de Mission (L), sailor Blair Tuke and kayaker Lisa Carrington (R) travel on Jetstar to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Sarah Walker has some fun behind as Dave Currie, Chef de Mission (L), sailor Blair Tuke and kayaker Lisa Carrington (R) travel on Jetstar to the New Zealand Olympic homecoming ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF JORDYN - Members of the 2012 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team, from left, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber pose after ceremonially lighting the Empire State Building, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF JORDYN - Members of the 2012 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team, from left, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber pose after ceremonially lighting the Empire State Building, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF JORDYN - Members of the 2012 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team, from left, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber pose after ceremonially lighting the Empire State Building, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)

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