05 Mar Four Montanans selected to represent the USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Special Olympics Montana is proud to announce that four Montanans have been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games March 14-25, 2017 in Austria. Of the four selected, two will be attending as members of Special Olympics USA and two will be carrying the Flame of Hope as members of Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Athlete Cedar Vance of Whitefish and athlete Trevor Trainer of Great Falls will be competing in the Alpine Advanced Slalom and Giant Slalom. These gold medal athletes are eager to showcase their skills on the world stage. Cedar said “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. Having good sportsmanship and inspiring people is more important.” In preparation for the World Games, Cedar and Trevor will join 148 of their teammates at the Special Olympics USA training camp. The training camp will be held December 12-16, 2016 in Killington, Vermont. Killington Resort will serve as the team’s home base.
Athlete, Timothy Zavarelli from Missoula and Captain Art Collins with the Montana Highway Patrol will be delivering the Flame of Hope to the World Winter Games Opening Ceremony as members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team. Tim is one of ten Special Olympics athletes from around the world (and only one of four in the United States) participating in the Final Leg. Tim and Captain Collins are honored by the selection; Collins stated “I am excited to have the opportunity to attend the Final Leg of the World Games. I’m looking forward to interacting with athletes and law enforcement officers from around the globe who share the same passion
for Special Olympics as my fellow officers and I do in Montana.”
About the Special Olympics USA:
Special Olympics USA is comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches, and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations, for a total delegation of 210. 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.
To follow Special Olympics USA, visit www.specialolympicsusa.org, and follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/specialolympicsusa, Twitter: @specialolyUSA, Instagram: @specialolympicsusa. Hash Tag: #Cheer4USA
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg:
On March 9, 2017, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 will kick off! A team of 133 members including 10 Special Olympics athletes will serve as Guardians of the Flame and run the Flame of Hope throughout Austria! The Final Leg event is an amazing opportunity for law enforcement officers from around the world to build excitement for the World Games and create awareness for Special Olympics by running on this unified team. For more information on the Final Leg of Torch Run: www.letr-finalleg.org
About the World Winter Games:
Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture, and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance, and acceptance around the world. This prominent world stage brings attention to the Special Olympics movement and helps create positive, sometimes lifesaving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world. Nearly 5 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in 170 nations across the globe.
Nearly 3,000 athletes and 1,100 coaches from 110 nations will compete at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, March 14-25, 2017. Competition and special event venues will be in Graz, Schladming, and Ramsau. Website | Fact Sheet