Olympic Medalist Eddy Alvarez Receives Key to City of Miami

Miami native adding key to city to trophy case

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    Olympic silver medalist and Miami native Eddy Alvarez will be adding more hardware to his trophy case as he took home the key to the city on Friday. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

    Olympic silver medalist and Miami native Eddy Alvarez  just added more hardware to his trophy case as he took home the key to the city on Friday.

    Alvarez received the honor at a ceremony at City Hall. April 4th was proclaimed "Eddy Alvarez Day."

    "An Eddy Alvarez Day is an absolute surprise and it's an incredible feeling," Alvarez said.

    It's been quite a week for the 24-year-old, who spent Thursday with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

    Olympic Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez's Mom Cheers Him on in Unique Way

    [MI] Olympic Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez's Mom Cheers Him on in Unique Way
    NBC 6 reporter Julia Bagg caught up with South Florida speed skater Eddy Alvarez and his parents in Sochi’s Olympic Park – and discovered they have a special kind of communication they do when he’s competing. Mabel Alvarez demonstrated the unique way she cheers on her son.

    "I gave Obama a good handshake and I told him that I could potentially dunk over him, uhh I don't think he took that one too well. Haha," Alvarez said.

    Alvarez became the first Cuban-American man to win a medal at the Winter Olympics when he and his teammates took silver in the 5,000-meter relay in short track speedskating in Sochi.

    "I'm honored to be a Miami born and raised kid, so i'm just ready to take that name further," Alvarez said.