Mixed start for Uganda at World Special Olympics

Athletes Compete for Gold in Twin Cities

Against the rain, the opening ceremony became a spectacular show at the small town Schladming of the Styria state, as the stadium was turned into a visual dream land for the audience in the celebration of life and happiness.

In fact, she has been a part of Special Olympics for seven years.

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. Athletes train in 30-plus sports in 169 countries.

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.

Rachel Mulligan practiced with many other cross country skiers from across the US, many of whom will be making the trip to the World Games with her. "Team Ireland has two teams and it's proving very competitive".

Athletes like Mauro are just one of the reasons Winter and other members of SCPD have supported Special Olympics throughout the years through various Tip-A-Cop evenings and other fundraising efforts, all of which result in the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run program raising over $1,000,000 each year for the organization.

She'll be returning home to Alaska with a gold medal. Her goal: "I want to do my best", she said. "Meeting new people." said another athlete, Bryce Myers.

Aside from what she has learned competing in Special Olympics, her father said Mulligan's most notable victories have come outside of athletics.

Mike Mulligan and his wife, Pam, will make the trek to Austria to watch Rachel compete.

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