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Iowa Special Olympic Athlete Headed to World Winter Games

Tabitha Darnell was named an Outstanding Olympic Athlete of the Year in 2008, a Big 12 Special Olympian of the Year in 2009 and has received many medals since she started participating in the Special Olympics at age eight. Now, she’s 36 years old, and she’s heading to the World Winter Games in Austria. Darnell will be skiing like she has since she was 13. She will not only be representing Iowa, but Special Olympics USA as well. 

“You know how people come home from the Army or the Marines?” she said. “That’s what it makes me feel like representing the red, white and blue..." 

And while she may be smiling and chatting with other athletes, she’s no stranger to competition or recognition. As a matter of fact, she welcomes them both. 

“I’m in it to win it,” she said. She plans on taking her enthusiasm across the world with her, and will be happy with whatever outcome. “Who would know that all stuff would happen?” she said. “I’m happy to get the opportunity to fulfill my dreams like I want to."

Read more about Tabitha at the link below.

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Chelsey is a student at Grand View University and a communication and marketing intern at the Special Olympics of Iowa.

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