Jan. 10, 2014. More than 100 Special Olympics athletes from North Carolina and Virginia competed in the 2014 Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Jan. 5-6 hosted by the French Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain between Blowing Rock and Boone, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President and CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
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 2014 SONC Winter Games – Alipine Skiing and Snowboarding was a first-rate competition for all the athletes,” said Fishburne.
“The cold, wintry weather provided ideal conditions for this event. The athletes were able to demonstrate their talents and amazed and inspired everyone who witnessed their performances! Many thanks go out to the dedicated volunteers to made this event such a success!”
Athletes who competed in the 2014 SONC Winter Games Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding represented the following programs: Alamance, Avery, Beaufort/Hyde, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Johnston, Lake Normal, Lee, Mecklenburg, Orange, Pasquotank/Camden, Wake and Watauga. Athletes from Virginia also competed.
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.
SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels.
For the competition results, click here.