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The subject of one of the most memorable images of the Boston Marathon bombing returned home to Washington state today.

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens was approaching the finish line when he was knocked to the ground by one of the blasts. Since then, the 78-year-old man gained fame as a symbol of hope.

Now that he s home, Iffrig said he s looking forward to a little rest and relaxation.

Obama spoke of Iffrig during an address at an interfaith service for victims earlier this week.

Like Bill Iffrig...the runner in the orange tank-top who we all saw get knocked down by the blast, we may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we'll pick ourselves up, Obama said on Thursday.

A photo of Iffrig on the ground surrounded by police in the moments after the attack that killed three and injured more than 170 is on the cover of this week s Sports Illustrated.

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