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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 lifesaving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world.


2017 World Winter Games - Austria

The 2017 World Winter Games will take place in March 14-25, 2017 in Graz/Schmalding, Austria and will feature more than 3,000 athletes from around the globe.  More information about these games can be found at .  

Congratulations to the following Special Olympics Oregon athletes and coaches who will represent Special Olympics USA at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria:


Alpine Skiing (Advanced)

  • Nolan Carlson, Wasco/Sherman - PARTICIPATION in Giant Slalom
  • Mandi Durfee, Union - SILVER in Giant Slalom; BRONZE in the Slalom

Cross-Country Skiing

  • Ashley Naber, Clackamas - BRONZE in 2.5km Race; 5th PLACE in 1km Race; 5th PLACE in 4x1km Relay
  • Nicholas Mendiguren, Union - 4th PLACE in 2.5km Race; 5th PLACE in 5km Race; 5th PLACE in 4x1km Relay 


  • Ciara Berryessa-Buckalew, Eugene/Springfield - SILVER in 4x400m Relay; BRONZE in 400m Race; 4th PLACE in 200m Race


  • Alpine Skiing - Bryan Tweit, Baker
  • Alpine Skiing - Tom Wallace, Multnomah
  • Cross-Country Skiing - Jill Simmons, High Desert
  • Snowboarding - Riad Edwards, Multnomah


2015 World Summer Games

The 2015 World Summer Games were held in Los Angeles, California July 25 - August 2, 2015 . With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games were the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games featured 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony was held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games attracted 60,000 spectators and a global television audience on ESPN. For more information, go to








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