The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held from
14 - 25 March 2017 in Austria.

 

Daily Updates from the World Winter Games

 

24th March
Alpine Skiing
Smiles this morning as everyone had a long lie, the team reflected over breakfast on the achievements and life long memories forged this past week. We came as individuals from all over Britain and are going home as one team- proud to have represented our country.
Figure Skating
The two weeks have been a whirlwind of an experience. We've seen a beautiful country we had never seen before, we've seen extraordinary people achieving extraordinary things! We've been challenged with so many different situations and pushed to the limit.
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23rd March
Alpine Skiing
Skiers magnificent medal haul.

Today was our last day of competing and what it day it was with 10 athletes competing and 9 achieving medals, we were on for 10 out of 10 however one of our athletes straddled a gate and was unfortunately disqualified
Figure Skating
Competition this afternoon:

Stephanie Gott had an amazing skate today , her free programme was perfect . After lying 7th after the elements she pulled up to 3rd . Well done Steph , really proud of you .
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22nd March
Alpine Skiing
The morning started with thick fog which brought new challenges for the skiers doing their divisioning runs for tomorrow's slalom race. Visibility was down to 30 meters but that didn't stop the athletes doing their best and they have all competed divisioning successfully.
Figure Skating
Heather McNeil today recieved her Gold medal for her performance (Level 1 Ladies, ages 16-19yrs). Everyone was so proud of her and she really has become a star. Jonathan McSalley (Level 1 Men, ages 24-45yrs) recieved his 6th place ribbon and enjoyed every moment of receiving his award on stage with proud parents, coaches, friends and team mates looking on and congratulating him.
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21st March
Alpine Skiing

The day started with 15 degrees at 7.30am and as the athletes anticipation increased as the start of the race grew closer so did the temperature. The giant slalom race started promptly at 9am on both the advanced and intermediate courses and our last skier finished at 3.15pm. It was a long day but the hard work paid off with fantastic results. 
Figure Skating
Callum Mills' practice - Callum really went for it in his practice. It was a good practice today and even though there were music issues he still soldiered on. Towards the end of the practice he was looking much calmer than the start and said he felt good about his routine tomorrow.
Graeme Watson's practice - Graeme filled the rink with ease with plenty of pushing power. His elements in his program were solid after some little reminders to keep his head up he was skating proud!

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20th March
Alpine Skiing

The day started with nervous anticipation as the bulk of the athletes were taking part in the divisioning for the giant slalom race tomorrow. The sun came out and was a pleasant reprive from the rain but unfortunately the downside of the clear blue skies and sunshine was the race piste soon became rutted in the spring snow conditions. This created challenges for the athletes which they rose too with great fortitude. 
Figure Skating
Heather McNeil had her free programme practice today. Heather took a while to get used to the ice and layout but once we got her starting point in order she was off and feeling more confident, once the music was played she was gliding through it with ease.
Jonathan McSalley had his free programme practice today. Jonathan worked hard on his training session today paying attention to detail and pushing hard with both feet and keeping them close together was happy with his session and good to go for his comp tomorrow.
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19th March
Alpine Skiing

Today was the first day of racing or the skiers, three of the athletes competed and gained the following results: James Millard 4th place in intermediate division 7 Owen Stephen 4th place in advanced division 2 Alex Scarborough 2nd place in advanced division.
Figure Skating

After the Figure Skating Compulsory Elements  (which are worth 33% of the final mark):
(Level 1 Ladies, ages 16-17 years): Heather McNeil is lying in 1st place - Heather was the first athlete from the GB Figure Skating Squad to compete (on 17th March). She did so well, keeping her head up and performed all of her elements extreemly well and even managed to smile at the crowd too.
(Level 1 Men, ages 24-45 years): Jonathan McSalley is lying in 6th place - Jonathan also competed on 17th March and really did his best out on the ice. He performed his elements really well and loved having the crowd there to bow to at the end.
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18th March
Alpine Skiing

Athletes are getting used to their 5.30 start to the day. Today we had three athletes divisioning in the Super G event - James Millard on intermediate and Alex Scarborough and Owen Stephen on the Advanced course. James catapulted himself out of the start with his race cry after he had flown down the course coach Joshua Murphy asked James how he was feeling to quote James " it's an absolutely amazing feeling I've got such an adrenaline rush going through me ".
Figure Skating

Everyone had a lay in this morning and got to relax and finally unpack their bags after a few very busy days. Boarding the bus at 2.30pm we were driven to Schladming where we got to meet up with the the rest of the GB Team who we have not seen for a few days. Lots of high fives, and the chance for more pin badges swapping with other countires whilst waiting to parade into the Opening Ceremony.
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17th March
Alpine Skiing

The day started bright and early with a 5.30am start - to quote Ruth and Tyler 'that was really hard'."We were on the bus for 7.30am and on the snow by 7.45am - 45 mins before the lifts opened to the public. "The morning was spent doing the skier assessments prior to divnisioning tomorrow. The assume that course was a shorted giant slalom used by the hosting delegation to ensure the athletes were in the correct categories. All athletes completed the course and have been categorised correctly.
Figure Skating

It was a busy day today with half of the team getting up very early to catch the bus to he rink in time for their practice. The rest of team had an extra hour in bed before they followed on to the rink. Practice went well for everyones elements (yhis was the first time that most had skated on an outdoor ice rink) and then we made our way to Messe Graz for lunch. 
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