“With 100 days to go to until the start of the World Winter Games, Special Olympics athletes from more than 100 countries are training to showcase their abilities on this international stage in PyeongChang,” said Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “Korea is opening its arms to people with intellectual disabilities and showing the world what our athletes are capable of achieving, both on and off the playing field. In 100 days, lives will be changed, dreams will become realities and we hope more acceptance will be found worldwide.”
The 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in PyeongChang, Korea from 29 January to 5 February 2013, at the same site where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. Media are invited to register now to cover the Games in PyeongChang this coming January. Media who cannot attend but can help spread awareness are encouraged to contact Special Olympics for details on satellite feed options, photos and stories available to the press.
The World Winter Games will feature more than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from over 100 countries who will compete in seven Olympic-type sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, short track speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and also ￼a demonstration sport of floor ball.
These World Winter Games will showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the world.
Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics, which holds over 50,000 competitions a year. The first Special Olympics World Games took place in 1968 and since then Special Olympics World Games have evolved into a world-class sporting event, attracting a wide range of sponsors, supporters and media. Alternating between Summer Games and Winter Games, Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream of the community.