Special Olympics Gibraltar at the World Winter Games in Austria

21 March, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Downhill ski coach Ron Struch (left), snowshoe coach Joanne Zahaiko (middle) and floor hockey athlete Elijah Wood (right) are three of the 10 Manitobans representing Canada at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which began March 14 and finish March 25 in Graz, Austria.

In the 2015 Massachusetts Special Olympics competition, O'Neil won two gold medals in downhill skiing and the grand slalom categories, and he learned the following January that he had made the US team.

Lucas Houk won a men's 5-kilometer freestyle race Monday, finishing in 33 minutes, 2.2 seconds in his first competition at the games.

She'll be returning home to Alaska with a gold medal. She's even been working on her German to go along with her physical preparation for the games. The only stipulation was she had to attend the camp without her family. "With Special Olympics it's your heart and not your abilities and she's got the heart". "I have also developed my communication skills to help other athletes to better themselves. most importantly I have made lots of friends and have met many people who treat us as equals".

"It has been absolutely fantastic to bring awareness to Special Olympics with my fellow law enforcement officers from around the world", said Winter, adding that he is "deeply honored" to be chosen as a Guardian of the Flame representative.

Basketball is just one of eight sports the organization offers for Special Olympics.

"It's really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", her dad said.

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