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Olympian Returns Home

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NEW ULM, Minn. -

New Ulm welcomes home their two-time Olympian, Ali Bernard. 
 
Ali says, "It was busy, it was crazy, but a great experience. It was awesome."

Wrestler Ali Bernard made her second trip to the Olympics a few weeks ago.

She only wrestled one match in the women's 158-pound weight class, losing 2-1 to a wrestler from Sweden.

But New Ulm will give her a warm reception tonight at Turner Hall, celebrating her performance in London.
 
New Ulm Mayor Robert Buessman says, "When she started with the boys wrestling there were some complaints. But when she defeated them fair and square they went 'uh oh'. So she built her own reputation here in New Ulm."

Bernard is looking at a career in coaching women's athletics, but isn't sure if she wants to hang up her singlet just yet.

Ali says, "It's been a rough year a little bit. Some ups and downs. But I'm not ruling it out. At the same time, I'm 26 - it's tough to say."

It's a demanding schedule, and has had her flying around the world for more than just London.

Ali says, "A few key tournaments, went to Mongolia and China for training camps. Nationals and the worlds team trials and then it was the Olympics."

She may not have gotten the ending she wanted in London, but when she got in, New Ulm was a welcome consolation.

Ali says, "I couldn't ask for a better place to come home to."