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Wheaton names day after Olympic speed skater

Wheaton, IL

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Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. of Wheaton — skating prior to her Olympic debut in February — finished ninth in the women’s 3,000-meter long-track event in Vancouver.

Skating to Olympic glory in February has earned Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. additional honors in her hometown of Wheaton.

Competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the speed skater finished ninth in the Women's 3,000-meter, and fourth in Ladies Team Pursuit at the Olympic Games in Vancouver in February.

Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk Nancy’s hometown, declared Monday, April 19, 2010 to be “Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. Day.” The day kicked off a busy week for the Olympian.

Following Monday night’s declaration from the mayor at City Hall, Swider-Peltz Jr. will join other Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the White House, where they will be the guests of President and Mrs. Obama.

On Saturday, Swider-Peltz will join her mother, Nancy Swider-Peltz Sr. at Hawthorne Elementary School, located at 334 E. Wakeman in Wheaton, for an open house and autograph signing from 1 to 4 p.m.

An exhibit of Olympic memorabilia also will be on display.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all those who supported me and followed me during the Olympics,” Swider-Peltz Jr. said in a press release.

For information about this event, call (630) 653-0936.

Swider-Peltz Jr. attended Wheaton College from 2006-2007 before taking time off to train for the Olympics. Nancy Swider-Peltz Sr., a four-time Olympian and 1978 graduate of Wheaton College, is her daughter’s coach.

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