November 20, 2012
Local Athletes to Attend Special Olympics Team USA Training Camp in Historic Lake Placid Prior to 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games
TULSA, Oklahoma – In less than one month, two Special Olympics Oklahoma 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 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 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.
To make donations to assist with Oklahoma athletes’ travel expenses, please visit www.sook.org/world-winter-games.html.
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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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