Olympic star Kacey Bellamy back in Westfield

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield students had the chance Wednesday to get up close and personal with a sports celebrity.

Greeted with chants of: “USA! USA! USA!,” city native and two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Kacey Bellamy toured five schools, speaking with students of all ages.

It was just weeks ago that the dreams of Bellamy and the rest of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team fell short in Sochi, when they lost the gold medal game to Canada.

Bringing her two silver medals with her, she took questions and spoke about her Olympic experience.

She told 22News that she wanted the students to understand that it’s important to set a goal, pursue it, and to never give up.

“Winning the silver medal, it was tough, but it’s a complete honor. Being here, seeing these kids on this homecoming smiling and just seeing how they make me feel; it brings it all into perspective. It’s all about the journey,” she said.

As for Kacey’s dream, she said she hasn’t made a final decision yet, but she’s leaning toward taking one last shot at Olympic gold in four years. She will be 30 years old for those games, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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