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Olympic gold medalist Emily Pfalzer returns home

Posted at 1:23 PM, Mar 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 13:23:25-04

These last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind for Getzville native Emily Pfalzer. Since helping the U.S. Women’s National Team win gold in PyeongChang, Pfalzer has been all over the country, showing off her gold medal. 

"It's been insane," Pfalzer said with a smile. "We came from South Korea to LA and then we went back to Tampa Bay, where we've been training all year. Then we went to Washington D.C., and then New York and spent some time there. We've been on 'The Ellen Show', 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon', so it's been amazing, but I'm so excited to be back in Buffalo." 

Pfalzer, 24, has spent her entire life playing hockey and is hoping the recent success of Team USA will help grow the game.

"I hope it inspires young girls to play the sport we love and to continue playing and dream big," Pfalzer added.

When asked if she had any specific advice she would give to young female athletes, Pfalzer said "Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do something. Keep working hard and make sure you have fun." 

While in town Pfalzer will be pretty busy. On Saturday afternoon she took part in a ceremonial puck drop between the Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks. A few hours later Pfalzer will head to the HARBORCENTER, where she will once again take part in a ceremonial puck drop, this time with her former team, the Buffalo Beauts. 

On Sunday the festivities continue. Pfalzer will walk alongside Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and take part in the big St. Patrick's Day parade down Delaware Avenue. 

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