Opening Ceremony marks official start of 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

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.

Chris O'Neil of Westford captured a bronze medal in the Advanced Super-G slalom skiing event at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming, Austria, on Sunday.

"I guess the thing that I look forward to the most is seeing the athletes do their best and watching them perform", she says.

For some athletes it was fairly new, but others have been part of Special Olympics for years. "She was probably glad to get away from us for a few days".

Madison Englund is at the top of her game.

Mulligan also practices with her local team at Swanson Park in Bellevue when Mother Nature cooperates with a heavy snowfall.

Fletcher said it's "very cool" that someone who has trained and raced at Nashoba took home a medal.

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 USA team. "She is one of the most happy, joyous people that I know".

Coverage from the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN2.

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

"I hope that everybody would watch for me and cheer me on", she said.

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