Welcome planned for Richards

Freestyle skier Kristi Richards of Summerland competed in the women’s moguls competition in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at Cypress Mountain on Saturday evening.

Summerlanders will take time show their appreciation to Olympic skier Kristi Richards tomorrow.

Richards, who competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in women’s moguls skiing, will be at Summerland Middle School at noon. The event is open to the public.

“Let’s take this opportunity to remind her how much we appreciate what she has done,” said Mayor Janice Perrino.

During the final competition, Richards fell, putting her in last place in the event. She recovered and completed her jump.

“She had so much class to get up, put her ski back on and proceed downhill and give the best back flip she’s ever done,” Perrino said.

Richards said the competition was a highlight for her.

“I did not expect this outcome for the Games, but I did expect that I would go for it and tap into some of my potential and ability as an athlete,” she said.

“I accomplished so many goals that I set out to do, and I can walk away proud of that. I pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of as a human being, and I opened the door to even more possibilities.”

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