Special Olympics return to Copper | SummitDaily.com

Special Olympics return to Copper

COPPER MOUNTAIN – The Special Olympics Colorado’s Winter games kick off at Copper Mountain Resort today.The two-day event marks the culmination of the winter sports season for 530 Special Olympics athletes from Colorado, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The program provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.Athletes will compete in six sports this weekend to include alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, speed skating, snowshoeing and snowboarding.Copper hosts the slope-side events, while ice skating takes place at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail.The games kick off at 10 a.m. today with alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

An opening ceremony celebration takes place at 7 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza in The Village at Copper. Laura Toby, Ms. Colorado 2004, will sing the National Anthem and present awards tonight.The event continues Monday with figure and speed skating, followed by a closing ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in Copper’s Conference Center. Participants can visit “Olympic Town,” filled with activities for athletes, in the conference center today and Monday.For more information on the Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games or to volunteer, call (800) 777-5767.

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