World Games

The Special Olympics World Winter Games are currently being held March 14 -25, 2017 in Austria and two athletes from North Carolina are on the slopes!

Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes from six continents come together to showcase their athletic skills and bring the spirit of the Special Olympics organization to life.

Alternating between Summer and Winter Games, the Special Olympics World Games feature intense athletic competition and inspiring performances from talented Special Olympics athletes from across the globe.

Special Olympics North Carolina uses the advancement criteria set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. to select the athletes who will be a part of Special Olympics USA.  Gold medal winners from all ability level divisions are put into a random drawing in order to be selected for participation in the Games.

The most recent World Summer Games was held July 25- Aug. 2, 2015 in Los Angeles.

2017 World Winter Games – Austria

World Games Fact sheet 2017 Austria

ESPN’s groundbreaking coverage of 2017 World Games begins March 18 from Austria

Meet the North Carolinians competing in Austria

Maurice Watts of High Point is competing in Alpine skiing. Read more about him.

Watts is currently in Austria competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.


  • Super G event – Intermediate: Participation
  • Giant Slalom event – Intermediate: Silver Medal

Kristen Milstead of Mooresville is competing in Alpine skiing. Read more about her.

Milstead is currently in Austria competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.


  • Super G event – Novice: Silver Medal
  • Giant Slalom event – Novice: Silver medal

World Games Coverage

Special Olympics USA Social Media

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