3 Ways Cities Cheer on Their Hometown Olympians

From grand send offs to epic watch parties, there's dozens of ways for cities to show support for hometown Olympians during the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeonchang.

The 2018 Winter Olympics have arrived, and the U.S. has a record-shattering 242 athletes competing in Pyeonchang, South Korea, blowing its previous high of 222 Olympians at the 2014 Winter Games.

Team USA has 330 million collective fans cheering them on. Here’s a look at some of the ways the athletes’ hometowns are showing community support. Boasting an Olympic athlete as part of a town's population is a source a pride for the community, which often come up with unique ways of showing their support.

#1 An Old-Fashioned Send-Off in Steamboat Springs

What better way to show your support for hometown Olympians than throwing a bon voyage party?

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has produced 89 athletes for the Winter Games over the years, more than any other town in North America, and held an Olympian Send Off party in late January that gathered past athletes and residents together to wish good luck to the competitors heading off to South Korea.

The send off included a flag parade, fireworks and the lighting of the 20-foot Community Cauldron.

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