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Head in the stars

Gold medalist Lysacek returns home to hero's welcome, enjoying the ride of his life

Updated: March 27, 2010, 12:29 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- On Thursday, Evan Lysacek was hiding under his hood from the paparazzi in Los Angeles, still wearing his slippers on his way for a cup of coffee.

"That wasn't something I anticipated," he said with an ever-present grin.

On Friday, a crowd of about 5,000 crammed into the Neuqua Valley High School gym to welcome him home to Naperville, give him the school's first-ever Distinguished Alumnus award and name a parkway in his honor.

He told students not to be ...

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