Olympian Kelsey Serwa, her parents and grandparents in Sochi â€” top, Brad and Cliff Serwa; middle, Terri and Lois Serwa; bottom Kelsey Serwa.
The ski-cross champion, who won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last week, plans to speak to the public and media after her scheduled arrival from Toronto at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.
Hundreds are expected to turn up. Among those welcoming the 24-year-old athlete are members of the local ski industry, the City of Kelowna and students from South Kelowna Elementary, where she went to school.
Everyone is encouraged to wear red and white.
"It's to show our Canadian spirit," said airport spokeswoman Jenelle Hynes.
Serwa finished right behind Canadian teammate Marielle Thompson of Whistler to capture gold and silver for Canada in the ski-cross final on Friday. For Serwa, who barely missed the podium at the 2010 Olympics, the race was sweet redemption.
She'll spend Thursday night in Kelowna. She plans to see her boyfriend and grandmother, who couldn't make the trip overseas to witness her triumph, said Hynes.
Serwa travels to Whistler on Friday to train for World Cup competitions in Switzerland, Sweden and France in March. Her parents Brad and Terri Serwa, and grandparents Cliff and Lois Serwa are now touring Europe.
Kelsey is a former world champion, a national champion and an X-Games gold medallist.
Among those congratulating her Thursday will be members of Pacific Sport Okanagan, which supports athletes with funding from the province and cities of Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon.