The Rochester area is home to several Olympians, and on Saturday Naples proudly welcomed Gold Medalist Meghan Musnicki home.
Musnicki helped the US Rowing team win gold on August 2 at the London Olympics. Since winning, Musnicki has participated in dozens of celebrations, parades and interviews. Still, she says bringing the gold to Naples trumps them all.
"It's amazing it's a phenomenal experience and I'm so blessed to come from such a great town," Musnicki said.
On Saturday, fans said they were watching when she won.
"I had tears in my eyes, I hate to admit that but I did," Musnicki's former 9th grade teacher Joe Kovalovsky said. "It was just so emotional to see that."
Since the win Musnicki has had a lot of amazing experiences
"I went to Windsor Castle and got a private tour and got to ride in the queen's carriages," Musnicki said. "It's just been one exceptional experience after another."
Her favorite experience happened Saturday when her hometown threw her a giant parade.
"I know all of these people," Musnicki said.
Coming home as the queen of Naples she was honored and adored. Fans wore her signature pink glasses, snapped pictures, and got autographs.
The littlest fans seemed to be her most adoring.
"Go Meghan," 5-year-old Erica Reigelspergel said.
"You see the kids who's eyes that light up and it's just makes it worth it," Musnicki said.
"I knew they were all supportive, but to see them all out on the street was just ... that's when I really started crying," Mother Gail Musnicki said. "I hadn't up until this point, but it was amazing."
Former teachers and life long friends were part of the crowd.
"Incredible and well deserved," Childhood friend Melissa Mannella said. "It's been years of training for her. A lot of sacrifices. I can't think of anyone in the world who deserves this more than her."
After winning gold in 2012, will we see Musnicki in Rio in 2016?
"Right now yeah, I would love to go another four years if my body holds up and everything goes according to plan," she said. "But we'll see."
No training for now, instead she's basking in her Olympic sized homecoming. Musnicki says she plans to relax, enjoy her family and maybe go to school.