Training for the Special Olympics World Winter Games
January 17, 2013
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Kenneth Roy (age 14, New Boces, Wyoming) is one of a handful of teens who will be competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games, January 29-February 5 in South Korea. Kenneth has competed in Special Olympics Wyoming three times, but Korea will be his first international competition. He'll go for gold in snowshoeing.
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Snowshoeing is a sport that's unique to the Special Olympics, but the endurance races are just as tough and grueling as any traditional Olympic sport.
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Ethan Kowena (age 14, Flagstaff, Arizona) will compete in cross-country skiing.
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Jannai Kennedy (age 14, North Chesterfield, Virginia) is an ice skater and roller skater. She'll be competing in speed skating in Korea.
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Mystie Lucast (age 13, St. Joseph, Missouri) has been competing in Special Olympics competitions for nearly seven years. She's one of the youngest athletes traveling to Korea with Special Olympics Team USA.
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Mystie Lucast is also a top athlete in many sports, competing in softball, basketball, track, and flag football when she's away from the ice. She trained on Lake Placid's historic "1980 Rink" at Herb Brooks Arena. It was the site of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey game when the U.S. upset the Soviet Union.
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Kyle Yazzie (age 14, Flagstaff, Arizona) is a multi-sport athlete. He'll compete in cross-country skiing in Korea, and also plays basketball.
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O'Conner Anderson (age 14, Washington, DC) will be one of the fastest on ice in the speed skating competition. He is a two-time Ice-a-Thon Champion at the DC Open.
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O'Conner trained on Lake Placid's famous Olympic skating oval, where Eric Heiden won his history-making five gold medals in at the 1980 Olympic Games.
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