Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W A special Qantas charter plane painted with the famous boxing kangaroo has returned Australia’s Olympic athletes home, touching down in Sydney just after 7am this morning. The athletes were given a hero’s welcome home by family and friends, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, London Games chef de mission Nicholas Green and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. Thanking them for their efforts and sacrifices, the Prime Minister told the hundreds of athletes they did great things in London, and will do greater things in Rio in four years times. Medal winning athletes proudly displayed them around their necks and the buzz from the crowd grew while mixing with the stars of the show. Proudly wearing her gold and bronze medals, cyclist Anna Meares said her medals were not just precious to her, but her family and coaches whose support and hard work was unbelievable. Australia ended the London 2012 Olympic Games with 35 medals, including seven gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze, leaving the country 10th overall on the medal tally.