Loburn man Nick Latz, 31, will have something very special to declare at the metal detector when he returns back through Christchurch tomorrow.
The alpine skier will be proudly wearing the bronze medal that he won at the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea.
Earlier in the week, Latz pulled off the run of his life in the Alpine Skiing Intermediate Giant Slalom to finish in third place.
Latz, who has Down syndrome, started skiing when he was about 8 years old and spends almost every Saturday up on the slopes training in the winter.
He also trained extensively in the gym before heading to South Korea. The 10-strong New Zealand team finished with 12 medals, including two golds to Central Otago snowboarder Morgan James.
New Zealand's head of delegation, Brian Benn, was full of praise for the New Zealand athletes for quickly adapting to the conditions and performing on the world stage.
Mr Benn said many of the athletes had been upgraded into advanced divisions, which added to the challenge, but the Kiwis raced admirably and finished with tremendous results.
- (Live Matches)