>>>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. nope. 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. cali desimone. 69 news.