HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point Olympic speedskater Heather Richardson chose North Carolina over the White House on Thursday, choosing to return home instead of attend a reception hosted by the Obamas.
The Greensboro News & Record reported that Richardson spoke to a crowd at High Point University’s Hayworth Fine Arts Center on Thursday.
The High Point City Council declared Thursday to be “Heather Richardson Day.” Richardson spoke to a crowd of more than 500 people.
The 25-year-old chose home over the White House as Barack and Michelle Obama hosted a reception for 200 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team members Thursday in Washington.
“It may not be Sochi, but, hey, this is closer to her heart,” said High Point University president Nido Qubein, who hosted the event.
Richardson finished seventh at the Olympics and won the World Cup season title March 16. The crowd stood and cheered during her speech.
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