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Olympian Kacey Bellamy welcomed back to hometown

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Friends, family and fans packed the Amelia Park Ice Rink Wednesday night to welcome home Westfield native and two-time Olympian Kacey Bellamy from Sochi.

The line for autographs wrapped around the arena with fans anxious to catch a glimpse of their hometown Olympian.

She arrived in style. The two-time silver medalist was driven into the rink with a police escort.

Inside it was time to party, celebrating her accomplishments overseas on the U.S. women's hockey team with her biggest fans.

"Coming back and visiting schools and seeing the support, it puts it in perspective that there is more to life than just a medal. It's about the journey. It's about everything you go through," Bellamy said. 

Her mom, Maura Bellamy, was by her side Wednesday night and in Sochi.

"It was a perfect trip except the ending was a little tough to take," she said. 

She is grateful for the party put on for her daughter in Westfield and says this town helped shape Kacey Bellamy.

"It's about everybody and helping and inspiring and believing and it all then turns out to be successful," Maura Bellamy said. 

Kacey Bellamy's coach from when she was just getting started said he was glued to the television during the winter games.

"It was a tough game to watch them lose because you know how much hard work they put in, but it was two of the best teams you're ever going to see play," said her former coach, Bill Ferguson.

Win or lose, he's proud of Kacey Bellamy.

"Very proud. It's not often that you coach someone who ends up being an Olympic athlete," Ferguson said. 

Kacey Bellamy is proud of her two silver medals but says she won't stop until she gets the gold.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that I got to do twice, so it's incredible but at the same time I want to be the best in whatever I do, and obviously I'm second best right now, so hopefully I can get to South Korea and be the best," she said. 

After some much needed rest, she will play with the Boston Blades this weekend.

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