Team Texas Joins Team USA at Training Camp

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In just two weeks, Special Olympics Texas athletes will join the 210 members of Special Olympics Team USA 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 of Korea. The 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 Olympics 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 US and Soviet Union.

Special Olympics Texas – Central Texas area athletes Cory Gentry and Alex Miller will be competing in figure skating. Thirty year old Gentry is a member of the Hill Country Stars team.  She started competing with SOTX in 2006 and also participates in basketball, soccer, softball and bowling, just to name a few sports. Twenty-three year old Miller joined SOTX in 1997 and competes with the Hill Country Stars and Chaparral Ice Diamond Spurs as an aquatics, powerlifting and tennis competitor. 

The 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games will bring nearly 3,300 athletes from 112 countries together in PyeongChang and Gangneung, Republic of 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. 

For more information on Special Olympics Team USA: ‘
Website: www.specialolympicsteamusa.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SOTeamUSA
Twitter: @SOTeamUSA

Find additional World Games information at http://www.2013sopoc.org/hb/en

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.

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 sports 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 floor ball.


Ramonica Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Special Olympics Texas
rjones@sotx.org


About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.