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Published October 10, 2010, 08:48 AM

Olympic skater returns to Moorhead to rally support for a Fargo man injured at WE Fest

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A huge benefit for Fargo man, Mark Schreiner. He sustained a serious head injury at We Fest and remains hospitalized. To help rally support for his family, a local Olympian lent his talents.

Olympic Skater Mark Ladwig returned home to be welcomed by family, friends, and fans.

"This is the 1st time I’ve been home since the Olympics. I'm very excited to do a little meet and greet to help out the family."

Like most Moorhead youth, Ladwig started skating at a young age. His coach through high school happened to be Mark Schreiner's sister in law.

"He's busy and he's had great success and to know that you know when something like this happens, he's willing to put it aside and come back for the cause is just very humbling."

"I'm just happy to be here and help out and use what celebrity people think I have and give back to the community."

His status helped. The entire north side of the Moorhead Sports Arena was packed tonight. I asked Ladwig if he had any nerves performing in front of the Moorhead crowd.

"Are you kidding? I normally have someone else there to calm and worry about what she's doing so not having Amanda here has made it a little bit more nervous."

It didn't show, Ladwig looked like the professional he is. His old coach says if anyone was going to make it, Ladwig was. He was always aggressive in the pursuit to get better.

"I was always a 1 and a million shot there was always more against me than there was going to be to go."

Ladwig over came those odds, now this long shot is using his success and trying to pass the same good fortune to Mark Schreiner. Schreiner was in a coma for a month. He's at a Rehab center in the Twin Cities.