08/13/2012 06:19 EDT | Updated 08/13/2012 06:21 EDT

Christine Sinclair Vancouver Homecoming Brings Out Fans In Droves (PHOTOS, TWEETS)


"Bronze on the podium, gold in our hearts."

That's how one eager fan welcomed Christine Sinclair and other members of the Canadian Olympic team as they arrived home from London with medals around their necks.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the airport for the athletes' arrival. Many fans carried Canadian flags and wore red Olympic swag. A number of fans at the scene brought soccer balls wore Sinclair's name on the backs of Canadian team kits.

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Sinclair's family was also present at the airport with a plan to give the Canadian women's soccer team captain a "hero's welcome" upon her arrival. Grandmother Peggy Gant made her a soccer ball-shaped cake.

Sinclair, of Burnaby, B.C., will collect $5,000 for the bronze medal as part of the Own the Podium initiative, which pays athletes for each medal they win.

The Vancouver Sun collected responses from the scene using Storify.

Emily Zurrer, a member of the bronze medal-winning Canadian women's soccer team, Tweeted, Wow just came home to the most amazing welcome at YVR...thank you to everyone that came out!"

Canadian race walker Inaki Gomez was amazed at the response at the airport, Tweeting a "thank you" to Canadians for welcoming him home.