2017 World Winter Games

Special Olympics USA is proud to announce that it will send a 210-member delegation to represent the United States at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, being held March 14-25, 2017, in Graz, Ramsau and Schladming, Austria! Are you ready to meet the team? Click here for to view each team member’s profile!

Special Olympics USA, the national team that represents the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games, is comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations. The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates. Team members will compete in seven sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these athletes to demonstrate their athletic abilities, competing at the highest level on the world stage, and to have life and cultural experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Chris Hahn, Head of Delegation for Special Olympics USA. “I encourage every American to cheer on these inspiring athletes, to share in their triumphs and to take pride in knowing that they will represent our country with excellence and honor.”

This is expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Winter Games in history! An estimated 2,600 athletes from 106 nations will compete in 9 Olympic-type sports at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games.

Serving as the Premier Sponsor of the team is Bank of America. “Our support of Special Olympics reflects our belief that diverse and inclusive communities are stronger communities,” said Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane. “We look forward to cheering on the men and women competing as part of Special Olympics USA.”

Learn more the Special Olympics USA delegation, and about the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games here!

Bank of America is the Premier Sponsor of Special Olympics USA. Official sponsors for Special Olympics USA include Finish Line, Burton and Champion.

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Closing Ceremony Poem by Tim Shriver

At the closing ceremony of the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, Special Olympics Chariman Tim Shriver recited a poem about the Games experience.  Read an excerpt below.

“Thank you for the volunteers who pushed the chairs with wheels
The MATP medals that made us know how winning feels

Thanks for all those docs for feet and eyes and ears
And for the teeth they cleaned so we can smile from all our ears to ears

Thanks for cheers and hockey pucks when they hit the back of the net
For officials who kept the rough and tumble safe so parents wouldn’t fret…”

Read the full poem here.

Local representative goes to Korea

Ninoska Guggenheim, with Kenner Police Department, is the Louisiana representative at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. She is taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg and will be running all over Korea spreading our message! Check out the LETR Final Leg site

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Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics athletes, unified together as a part of the Final Leg Team, will serve as true Guardians of the Flame™ and promote the powerful messages of inclusion, acceptance, and ability every step of our Final Leg journey to promote the 2013 Winter World Games. The 2013 Korea Final Leg Torch Run will be held from 21 January to 29 January 2013 culminating with the arrival of the Flame of Hope™ by the Guardians of the Flame, the Final Leg team in  Pyeongchang, Korea for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Put Yourself in the Picture

The January Special Olympics World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are quickly approaching.

Did you know that you can support all the athletes, coaches, and volunteers from right where you are sitting? You can do this by taking a photo with the mascots- Ra, In, Bow! Doing this will help to represent your city, town, and country!

 

Click here to learn more about the World Winter Games.

World Winter Games

It is kind of hard to think about winter right now, with the humidity and temperatures in Louisiana, but in a few short months the 2013 World Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, January 29th – February 5th. 

“The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games will feature world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports,” according to Special Olympics website.

This event, which will feature athletes from all around the world with be the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games and will be one of the largest winter multi-sport events ever held in South Korea!  One of our own law enforcement offices, Ninoska Guggenheim, will be running the torch in the Final Leg of the Torch Run!

To learn more and to stay updated check out the World Winter Games website.