POSTED: Wednesday November 14th 2012
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Special Olympics Team USA Prepares for 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Official Training Camp in Historic Lake Placid, New York

In just one month, the 210 members of Special Olympics Team USA will gather for the first time in historic Lake Placid, New York for Special Olympics Team USA’s official training camp.

Special Olympics Team USA 2009 / Special Olympics USA
Special Olympics Team USA 2009 / Special Olympics USA

Special Olympics Team USA Prepares for 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Official Training Camp in Historic Lake Placid, New York

In just one month, the 210 members of Special Olympics Team USA will gather for the first time in historic Lake Placid, New York for Special Olympics Team USA's official training camp.

LAKE PLACID, NY - In just one month, the 210 members of Special Olympics Team USA will gather for the first time in historic Lake Placid, New York for Special Olympics Team USA's official training camp, prior to their participation in the Special Olympics 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic Korea. The World Winter Games will take place January 29 - February 5, 2013. Special Olympics Team USA is comprised of 151 athletes, 44 coaches, four medical personnel, and management team members from throughout the United States.

In preparation for the World Winter Games, athletes, coaches and other members of Special Olympics Team USA will attend a training camp in Albany and Lake Placid, New York, December 10-14. The training camp will be the first time the Special Olympics Team USA delegation will be together prior to the 2013 World Winter Games. The camp will offer a variety of team building activities and sport-specific training in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and floor ball demonstration; all held at facilities used during the 1980 Olympics Winter Games and current national and international competitions, including the Olympic Training Center. The camp will also include special events set at such historic venues as the Olympic speed skating oval and Herb Brooks Arena, home to the legendary 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey game between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.

"Special Olympics World Games give our athletes a much-deserved opportunity to shine on the world stage," said Chris Hahn, Head of Delegation for Special Olympics Team USA, "we have an outstanding team assembled, representative of the United States' finest athletes and coaches, and hope everyone will follow the team and cheer them on."

The 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games will bring nearly 3,300 athletes from 112 countries together in PyeongChang and Gangneung, Korea, the same site where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. More than 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are also expected to attend. Athletes will compete in seven Olympic-type sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, short track speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and the demonstration sport of floor ball.

Special Olympics Team USA is sponsored by Finish Line and Karbon.

For more information on Special Olympics Team USA:
Website: http://www.specialolympicsteamusa.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SOTeamUSA
Twitter: @SOTeamUSA
Find additional World Games information at http://www.2013sopoc.org/hb/en

About Special Olympics World Games
Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world. More than 4 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in more than 170 nations across the globe.

The Special Olympics World Games features challenging and inspiring international competition among thousands of athletes, making it the world's second largest sporting event, after the Olympic Games. The culmination of years of athletic training and competition, the World Games bring together adults and children with intellectual disabilities to compete on the world's great athletic stages.

Today, Special Olympics offers athletes 32 Olympic-type sports including seven winter sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, floor hockey, and demo sport floorball.

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Media Contact:
Kimberly Purdy
Director of Communications, Special Olympics Team USA
Cell:  (989) 954-5112
Kimberly.purdy@cmich.edu

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Name: Kimberly Purdy
Organization: Special Olympics Team USA
Email:
Phone: 19899545112
URL: http://www.specialolympicsteamusa.org


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