March 14-25, 2017
WORLD WINTER GAMES AUSTRIA 2017
The Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Austria in 1993 and will be returning to the country in 2017. The Games will be held throughout Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of Styria), Schladming (Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).
Date: Tuesday, 14th March 2017 to Saturday, 25th March 2017
Facts and Figures
Duration: 12 days (sporting competitions over 8 days)
Sports: 9 Floorball (Graz, Convention Centre)
Floor Hockey (Graz, Convention Centre)
Stick Shooting (Graz, Convention Centre)
Figure Skating (Graz, Ice Hall)
Speed Skating (Graz, Ice Hall)
Alpine Skiing (Schladming-Rohrmoos, Slope 32)
Snowboarding (Schladming-Rohrmoos, Slope 32)
Nordic Skiing (Ramsau, WM Stadium)
Snowshoeing (Ramsau, WM Stadium)
Alternating between summer and winter, the Special Olympics World Games are one of the world’s largest sporting events, drawing as many if not more athletes than the Olympics. Every two years since 1968, athletes from more than 100 nations have gathered to celebrate sport and showcase the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. This prominent world stage brings attention to the Special Olympics movement and helps create positive, sometimes life-saving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world.