If you thought the next Olympic Winter Games wasn’t supposed to take place until February in Sochi, Russia, you thought wrong! While those winter games may get all the attention, a truly special Olympic Games will take place right here in Gatlinburg: the Tennessee Winter Special Olympics.
Taking place from January 27-28 at Ober Gatlinburg, the Special Olympics will feature events in Speed Skating, Alpine Skiing, and Snowboarding. The ability level of the athletes will range from Beginner to Advanced, with ages ranging from young children to adults. The games are open to all athletes with intellectual disabilities. The traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame will take place on Monday morning (January 27th) at the top of Ober Gatlinburg, and award presentation will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, the 28th.
With over 140 athletes competing this year, the 2014 Tennessee Winter Special Olympics is sure to be an event to remember. Whether you have any loved ones competing in the games, or simply want to be there to show your support for the athletes, you can’t go wrong with stopping by. Doing so shows your support not only for the athletes themselves, but the dedicated and hard-working people that make the games happen. For more information, head on over to their website at www.specialolympicstn.org to find out how you can help keep it going strong by donating or volunteering.
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