Nebraskan earns trip to Austria to compete in Special Olympics World Games

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

"I have been with Special Olympics Gibraltar for the last nine years, and this has helped me develop my physical and intellectual abilities, and more importantly integrate into our society", said Mauro, who had two palate operations and open heart surgery to help rectify health problems he had at birth. Athletes train in 30-plus sports in 169 countries.

The Special Olympics team that left Gibraltar on Tuesday will be competing in Floorball, Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing at the Games, which will be held In the cities of Graz, Schladming and Ramsau respectively from the 18th to 24th March.

She's earned several medals, including gold, both in the World Winter Games and X-Games throughout her career. The event offers team and individual skills competitions.

Mulligan was nominated by her coach, Sandra Morgan, a year ago to participate in the World Games. "The whole family says if we bottled her enthusiasm, we'd make a fortune". "Meeting new people." said another athlete, Bryce Myers. Lisa Bird, a spokeswoman for Special Olympics Maine, confirmed Houk's victory at the games that bring together more than 2,600 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 106 countries. She serves as an ambassador for the organization, often speaking to groups one or two times a week about the merits of Special Olympics. Bonnie Kahan from Tomahawk has been involved with Special Olympics for three decades.

Mike Mulligan and his wife, Pam, will make the trek to Austria to watch Rachel compete.

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