LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After landing on the Olympic podium in Rio, gold medalist Jeff Henderson has landed back in his home state.
It was nothing short of a circus at Clinton National Airport Wednesday morning as family, friends and fans gave him a hero’s welcome.
“I just knew it was my day. It was my time to win,” he told us about his Rio victory. “Glad to bring gold back to the United States of America, to where it belongs.”
For Henderson, the homecoming was overwhelming.
“I ain’t expect these people to be here,” he said.
In the crowd were students, faculty and alumni from Sylvan Hills High School. For them, showing up to greet their hometown hero, wasn’t even a question.
“We don’t welcome home a gold medalist every day,” said Danny Ebbs, Henderson’s former principal.
“It doesn’t matter where you go to school or where you come from. You can do anything you want to,” added Rocky Fawcett, Henderson’s former track coach.
Already, Henderson wants another go at the gold, saying he’s looking ahead to the Tokyo Games in 2020.
“I won a gold medal. Why not?,” he said.
But first, he’s had a long journey and is looking for some home cooking.
“Go home, eat some good food of course,” said the track star.
And, of course, the most important homecoming of all..
“See my mom. See my family,” Henderson said. “Glad to be back.”
Because what’s Olympic glory without someone to share it with?