>>>chandi lowry: a 3 quakertown man has returned as a hero after winning a gold medal in the special olympics world winter games in austria.
Wfmz's cali desimone has the story.
>> nats- >> reporter:this cell phone video shows the huge homecoming for ernie reich in quakertown.>> ernie reich "i did not know what was going on until they told me i was in a parade.">> nats >> ernie reich "it was absolutely wonderful.
It was so wonderful and it touched my heart.">> reporter: ernie is back from the special olympics world winter games in austria... where he competed 3 on the us national team as an alpine skier.
>> ernie reich 13:18:12 austria was one of the most biggest challenges i have ever done in my life.
It's the biggest challenge i ever done.>> reporter:he's a big winner and has the medal to prove it.
>> ernie reich "the turns were a little hard" "it must not have been that hard for you.
Kisses medal">> reporter:but ernie says this gold medal has been something he's been working toward since he was very young.
>> ernie reich "it was a lot of hard work.
And i have been praying for this for for my whole entire life since i was a kid.">> reporter:prayer and lots of practiced helped but ernie earn this gold medal... but the achievement was also a promise he made to his family.
>> ernie reich "here it is right here.
I told them i was going to, i was going to bring this home with me.">> reporter: bring home the gold he did.
It's an experience ernie won't soon forget.one he will cherish just like this medal... for the rest of his life.
Reporting from quakertown.