Sports·Posted on Aug 13, 2021Just 13 Photos Of Olympians Returning Home To Their Family, Friends, And Puppies In The StatesThese athletes deserve a grand welcome! 🥳by Simrin SinghBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Runner Allyson Felix returned home to her family in California. @allysonfelix / Via instagram.com The record-breaking athlete came home to a celebration with family, which she posted on Instagram. Felix won bronze and gold medals in Tokyo and is now the most decorated track-and-field Olympic athlete in US history. 2. Shot-putter Ryan Crouser returned to his hometown in Oregon. View this photo on Instagram @rcrouser / Via instagram.com Crouser returned home with a gold medal and a new world record after his performance in Tokyo. He dedicated his victory to his late grandfather who first introduced him to the sport. 3. Gymnast Sunisa Lee returned home to her family in Minnesota. View this photo on Instagram @sunisalee / Via instagram.com The gold medalist arrived to an airport packed with fans from her town, who organized a parade to celebrate her victories in Tokyo. Lee was excited to finally share her medals with her family and posted this photo of their reunion on Instagram. 4. Weight lifter Sarah Robles returned home to family in Texas. View this photo on Instagram @roblympian / Via instagram.com Robles, who won a bronze medal in Tokyo, came home to decorations on her lawn set up by Team Houston. She made history by becoming the first US woman to win two Olympic weightlifting medals. 5. Women's basketball player Tina Charles returned home to her mom in New York. View this photo on Instagram @tina31charles / Via instagram.com Charles, who has played professional basketball since 2010, celebrated her new gold medal with her mom. This is Charles' third Olympic victory with Team USA. 6. Discus thrower Valarie Allman returned home to her family in Colorado. View this photo on Instagram @vallman123 / Via instagram.com Allman won the gold medal for women's discus throw, bringing home the US's first track-and-field gold in Tokyo. She said it was "bittersweet not seeing [her] family in the stands" but that she was excited to celebrate now. 7. Equestrian Adrienne Lyle returned home to friends, family, and her dog in Colorado. @adrienne.lyle / Via instagram.com Lyle and her horse Salvino won silver for the team dressage equestrian event. Even though she had to withdraw from her second event to give Salvino time to rest, she was happy with what they were able to accomplish in Tokyo. 8. Gymnast Simone Biles returned home to her family in Texas. View this photo on Instagram @simonebiles / Via instagram.com Biles, who overcame unexpected challenges in Tokyo, came home with silver and bronze medals. The gymnast, who withdrew from most of her events, encouraged important conversations about mental health in professional sports. Her town held a parade for her to celebrate her courage and achievements at the Olympics. 9. Rower Kara Kohler returned home to her dog in California. View this photo on Instagram @kara_merica_bear / Via instagram.com Kohler, who won bronze in a previous Olympics cycle, did not medal this year. In an Instagram post, the rower said she is still processing her time in Tokyo, saying, "It will probably be a while until I forgive myself and learn something from these moments." 10. Skateboarder Jordyn Barratt returned home to her puppies in California. View this photo on Instagram Photo Instagram: @heyitskula / @jordynbarratt / Via instagram.com Barratt did not medal in Tokyo but was honored to participate in her first Olympics: "I am a part of history and that is pretty mind-blowing." 11. Boxer O'shae Jones returned home to family in Ohio. View this photo on Instagram @oshae.jones / Via instagram.com Jones, who won a bronze medal in women's welterweight, recently survived a house fire in Toledo prior to Tokyo. She's had to overcome a lot on her way to Tokyo but her boxing ability landed her a medal and a spot on the Olympic podium. 12. BMX racer Connor Fields returned home to family in Nevada. View this photo on Instagram @connorfields11 / Via instagram.com Fields, who qualified for the Olympic finals, is a former gold medalist and was looking to get another medal this time around. Unfortunately, he faced a major injury while in Tokyo, preventing him from competing. For now, he's recovering at home with family and his pups. 13. And lastly, gymnast MyKayla Skinner returned home to friends and family in Arizona. View this photo on Instagram @leaveittoleavitt / Via instagram.com Skinner, who won a silver medal for the individual vault event, did not initially qualify for finals. After Biles withdrew, Skinner took her place and medaled. The gymnast was greeted with a huge welcome party at the airport and said she was grateful for the support she received throughout.