January 22, 2013
Oklahoma Athletes to Attend Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea
TULSA, Oklahoma–Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes Amy Wollmershauser, Tulsa and Steve Lynn, Oklahoma City are departing Tulsa on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 for the 2013 World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea. They will leave the Special Olympics
Oklahoma state office, 6835 S. Canton, Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma around noon and will drive to Kansas City, Missouri. They will then fly to Los Angeles, California to meet with the other 150 Special Olympics Team USA athletes before departing for Korea.
The Special Olympics World Games will take place January 29-February 5, 2013. Special Olympics Team USA is comprised of 152 athletes and 61 volunteer coaches/staff members from throughout the United States.
Special Olympics Oklahoma athlete Steve Lynn from Edmond will be competing in Alpine Skiing. Lynn has been participating in Special Olympics for more than 24 years. He has worked at Target for 19 years as a cart attendant. In 2012, Lynn was selected to play in the NBA Cares event Unified game in Florida. At that event, he was awarded “Most Dedicated Athlete.” He has also won the MVP award in Soccer and Floor Hockey during state competition. “Special Olympics has given Steve a venue in which he can excel,” said Joanne Lynn, Steve Lynn’s parent. “It is the only area of his life where he can improve his skills. He may never be able to read, but he can improve his athletic abilities through
practice. He loves to compete. He takes the challenge presented by athletes from other teams and countries and works toward a performance to be his very best in the sport in which he is competing.”Lynn’s hobbies include playing and watching many different sports. “He helps around the house with chores, including caring for and loving four cats. Steve loves beating me when we play games on the Wii.”
Special Olympics Oklahoma athlete Amy Wollmershauser from Tulsa will be competing in Snowshoeing. Wollmershauser has been participating in Special Olympics for 21 years. Wollmershauser is employed at Food Pyramid as a grocery clerk, home hardware and custodial. She has served on various committees and boards at Special Olympics Oklahoma including the Board of Directors 2006 to 2008; Oklahoma Law Enforcement Torch
Run Committee 2008 to present; Global Messenger; and World Games athlete. “Amy’s
life is so rich with friendships, leadership and opportunities for personal achievement with Special Olympics!” said Peggy Wollmershauser, Amy Wollmershauser’s parent. “She has learned that helping others to exceed in their sport is as rewarding as winning herself. She is an optimistic believer in the good of others and the promise of a full future.”
“Competing at the 2013 World Winter Games gives me the opportunity to travel to new places outside the United States,” said Amy Wollmerhauser. “I look forward to seeing
where people live and what they wear, too! I like to listen to how they talk and what their life is like and I like to try new foods. I feel proud to represent Team USA and will do my best in competition. I am so lucky to be in Special Olympics!”
The 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games will bring nearly 2,300 athletes from 110 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, and floor hockey.
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Special Olympics Oklahoma
The Mission of Special Olympics is to provide a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Today 9,500 Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes participate in more than 120 sports competitions and training clinic opportunities every year. Competition is offered in 16 official sports. There are opportunities for thousands of volunteers. Visit www.sook.org or call 918-481-1234 for more information.
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 floorball.
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