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Special Olympics Gibraltar at the World Winter Games in Austria

21 March 2017

"The boys lacked a little concentration but we shall make some changes in the group stages", said Team Uganda head coach Sam Kiggundu.

There was bowling, basketball, swimming and a host of other sports, including cross country skiing. She's even been working on her German to go along with her physical preparation for the games.

Elijah Wood is a floor hockey athlete that is representing Canada in Austria at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

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This year marks the first time ESPN will broadcast the Special Olympics opening and closing ceremonies in their entirety as well as airing a nightly program to showcase the athletes and daily competition.

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However, the team made a comeback in the two games between Bangladesh and South Korea before falling to China. "The whole family says if we bottled her enthusiasm, we'd make a fortune". Bonnie Kahan from Tomahawk has been involved with Special Olympics for three decades.

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Snowboarder Daina Shilts, from Neilsville, brought home gold from the Winter Games four years ago.

But aside from skiing, what she's most looking forward to is seeing new places and meeting new people. "The crowd's behind you." said one athlete, Cheyanne West.

"It's a mix of emotions", she said Friday, sitting near her luggage, crammed full of uniforms, jackets, boots and hats.

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He said he has seen Mulligan take on a leadership role through Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Gibraltar at the World Winter Games in Austria