Sacramento Bee – Nevada City celebrates Paralympic gold medalist

Evan Strong was given a hero’s welcome in Nevada City on Tuesday evening as hundreds gathered to celebrate his gold medal win at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Strong, 27, earned the gold medal last month in the para-snowboard cross competition at his first-ever Paralympic Games. He was raised in Maui, Hawaii, but moved to Nevada City in 2009, a short distance from his training ground at Lake Tahoe area ski resorts.

Clad in his U.S. Olympic Team-issue uniform – a red, white and blue sweater made by Ralph Lauren – Strong joked and took questions from the crowd of 250 gathered at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in the old mining town…