2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding results released

Nearly 100 Special Olympics athletes from North Carolina and Virginia competed in the 2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding competition January 7-8 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 If you cannot access the website, contact Rachel McQuiston at or 919-719-7662, ext. 110 for a faxed copy. 
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 2018 SONC Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding was a first-rate competition for all the athletes,” said Fishburne.  “We are fortunate to have great community support each year for this event, and appreciate the volunteers for their time. The athletes were able to demonstrate their talents and amazed and inspired everyone who witnessed their performances!”
Athletes competing in the 2018 SONC Winter Games – Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding represent the following North Carolina counties/agencies: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Guilford/Greensboro, Guilford/High Point, Iredell, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Orange, Wake and Watauga. Athletes from Special Olympics Virginia also competed. 
Special Olympics North Carolina also hosts the Southeast Alpine Competition which will include athletes from North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. The 2018 Southeast Alpine Competition will be held at the Appalachian Ski Mountain Feb. 4-6. All competition events are free and open to the public.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Throughout 2018, the Special Olympics movement is celebrating 50 years of joy, courage and empowerment. Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers year-round training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at Engage with us on TwitterInstagramFacebook and YouTube.

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