File photo courtesy of Sadie Bjornsen’s Facebook page

Parade will greet Olympian when she returns home

Methow Valley native and two-time Olympian Sadie Bjornsen will be greeted with a welcome-home parade when she visits the valley on Thursday (April 12). 

Bjornsen will be conveyed from the Evergreen IGA parking lot in a horse-drawn carriage beginning at 3:45 p.m., and will proceed through town on Highway 20 (Riverside Avenue) to Mack Lloyd Park. There will be a celebration at the park until about 4:30. Bjornsen will speak briefly and answer questions.

Greeters along the route are encouraged to bring congratulatory signs, and Winthrop Mountain Sports has U.S. flags available to wave. Organizer Rita Kenny, co-owner of Winthrop Mountain Sports, also suggests noisemakers such as cowbells and kazoos.

Bjornsen’s brother Erik, like Sadie a two-time Olympian, Liberty Bell High School graduate and alumnus of the Methow Valley Nordic Team, is not able to make it to the valley this week.

Both Bjornsens competed for the U.S. Nordic skiing team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang, South Korea, in February. They also represented the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They have both competed extensively on the World Cup Circuit in Europe.