Snowshoeing

This page draws together snowshoeing-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics snowshoeing.  View the Snowshoeing Fact Sheet

Snowshoeing is quickly becoming a favorite for outdoor winter activity. Combining aerobic activity with ease of walking over snow without sinking in, snowshoeing is an activity for all ages. Snowshoe races are part of the Arctic Winter Games and the winter Special Olympics


Snowshoeing Stories and News


February 14, 2013 | North America: Connecticut

U.S. Army family reunites at Games in Korea

By Special Olympics Team USA

Tanya and Jason Hall

U.S. Army Capt. Jason Hall watched as his sister Tanya Hall won the Silver Medal in the 50-meter cross country snowshoeing race at the World Winter Games in Korea.View Story U.S. Army Capt. Jason Hall watched as his sister Tanya Hall won the Silver Medal in the 50-meter cross country snowshoeing race at the World Winter Games in Korea. "The highlight of the games so far has been watching my sister give it her all on the 50-meter cross country race," said Jason Hall. "She was in third place at the halfway mark but pushed herself and took the silver by a photo finish. It was amazing to watch her achieve a medal she will cherish for the rest of her life." When Tanya Hall of CT heard that her brother was getting stationed with Eighth Army in South Korea, she redoubled her efforts to get selected for the Team USA Cross Country Team. Her hard work paid off. She earned gold medals in qualifying competitions and was selected to represent her country as part of Team USA. "Korea has done an outstanding job of hosting the Winter Games," said Jason Hall. "My family has traveled to each of the venues to watch Team USA compete Each venue has been world class."

About Special Olympics Team USA:Member, Special Olympics Team USA Communications team
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February 05, 2013 | SOI General: Regions

Come On Run Faster

By Karyn Tan

Bophea (left) and Sitha enjoying their moment during the Opening Ceremony.

Special Olympics Cambodia is here enjoying the Special Hands Program, invited by the Korean Games Organizing Committee for the Winter Sports experience.View Story Special Olympics Cambodia is here enjoying the Special Hands Program, invited by the Korean Games Organizing Committee for the Winter Sports experience. Athletes Sitha Khem and Bophea Lao are thrilled, taking in the sights and sounds of Seoul, and ready to use their athletic skills in a new sport - snowshoeing. They competed in the same race yesterday. As the race began, 27 year old Sitha sped ahead, leading the race. But he turned back every now and then, yelling at Bophea in Cambodian: "come on, run faster!" Sitha won Gold, Bophea won Silver.

About Karyn Tan:I'm responsible for Communications in Asia Pacific, cheering on the athletes at the Winter Games
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February 03, 2013 | East Asia: Korea

She wants to start a new SO program in New Guinea!

By Miguel Veloso

Sharing dinner with athletes I got to talk with Papua New Guinea coach. She told me the delegation was only one athlete for snowshoeing, who got a participation ribbon. The girl was so happy and enthusiastic!View Story Sharing dinner with athletes I got to talk with the Papua New Guinea coach. She told me the delegation was only one athlete for snowshoeing, who got a participation ribbon. The girl was so happy and enthusiastic! Her mother, being at the games, got to know Special Olympics better, and wants to start a new program when going back to New Guinea. CONGRATULATIONS, I hope we get more athletes from New Guinea for Los Angeles 2015!

About Miguel Veloso:Global Family Leader for Latin America and father of a young man competing on floor hockey in Korea 2013. Meeting for the GFL summit at the games.
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