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Of course, Udon Thani had a welcome home parade for its Asian game gold medal winner Amanda Carr – and, of course, it involved bicycles.

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Amanda tours Udon Thani bicycle as happy residents line the roads to applaud her for her Asian Games gold medal. Photos by Thanark Khunton

Welcome home Amanda

Amanda Carr, Thailand's gold medal winner in the BMX bicycling race, went back to her mother's home today in Udon Thani.

It is her Thai home too since she goes there every year for about one month.

She received a very warm welcome at the airport from relatives, friends and important government officials like the governor.

A warm airport welcome.

She then joined a parade. Yes, of course, it was a bicycle parade. She and about 200 other cyclists went all around the city as residents lined the roads to cheer her.

Tonight, there will be a celebration and a special northeastern Thai blessing ceremony (พิธีบายศรีสู่ขวัญ) for her and her Thai mother and American father who are with her.

Kisses for a slightly embarrassed Amanda from her proud parents.

For sure, she will eat some som tam because there is also going to be a som-tam-making contest.

Amanda expects to return to her Florida home in the United States on October 17.

Amanda may have grown up in the United States, but she has a wonderful Thai – northeastern Thai -- personality. Watch:

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Vocabulary:

applaud : to clap (hit) your hands together again and again to show enjoyment or appreciation - ปรบมือ

celebration : a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday, a festival or a religious holiday - การฉลอง

embarrassed (adj): feeling uncomfortable, nervous, worried or ashamed about something that you have done or something that has happened - รู้สึกอาย

governor : a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด

line : to form lines or rows along something - เรียงเป็นแนว

personality : the part of a person that makes them behave in a particular way in social situations, e.g., in friendly or unfriendly way, or in a confident or shy way - บุคลิกลักษณะ  ลักษณะเฉพาะตน

proud : feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with - ภูมิใจ

relative : a member of your family - ญาติพี่น้อง

resident : a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่

slightly : small in size or amount - เล็กน้อย

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