2/15/16 Raleigh, N.C. – More than 150 Special Olympics athletes from the four states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina competed in the 2016 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games – Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Feb. 7-9 hosted by the French Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain between Blowing Rock and Boone, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
Editor’s Note: Competition results for your coverage area are available on Special Olympics North Carolina’s website at http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-SE-Alpine-Condensed-Results-for-Media.pdf.
To ensure fair competition, the athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, and ribbons were presented for fourth through eighth place.
“The 2016 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding was a wonderful competition in for all the athletes,” said Fishburne. “The athletes demonstrated their talents and amazed and inspired everyone who witnessed their performances on the wintry slopes! Our thanks go out to all the dedicated volunteers who made this event such a memorable one.”
Six local Special Olympics North Carolina programs participated including: Buncombe, Cabarrus, Johnston, Mecklenburg,Wake and Watauga. Athletes from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina also competed.
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