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    Posted August 2, 2012 by
    Pordenone, Italy
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What do the Paralympics mean to you?

    MartiLuna and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: London 2012 Olympics
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter MartiLuna from Italy was thrilled to see her hometown hero Daniele Molmenti win Olympic gold in the men's K1 kayak canoe slalom final on Wednesday. She told CNN she went to school with the kayaker in their home town of Pordenone, and was overjoyed when he clinched the top medal spot. "It was a great feeling and it's an honour for me to know him," she said. After hearing the news she and several friends decided to celebrate with a bottle of champagne - and more parties are planned for when the Olympic hero returns. "We will all be celebrating with everyone when he comes back," she said. "I support my country and I love the Olympics, they are a great opportunity to be together, with every country competing and feeling close to each other. It's a very good moment for us and knowing someone who won is really good."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    I did not go to London to see the Olympics. Instead, I stayed in Italy, precisely in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and observed. I followed through a friend of mine, Daniele Molmenti, who is exactly my age, we went to the same junior high school. Two weeks before his leaving to London, we had a drink (iced tea, of course!!!) with some other friends. And it was a great honor to see him on TV and following him in this great adventure! I remember him training close to home, and now, there he is! Great job Daniele!!! We are all waiting for you to come back to celebrate!!!! In the meantime, yesterday night we celebrated and toasted for you!!!!



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