|Title||Anniversary of First Special Olympics Celebrates Legacy of Recent,,|
|Date||2011-07-21 16:48:48||Maker||조직위 홍보팀||Hits||2074|
ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CELEBRATES LEGACY OF RECENT WORLD GAMES IN GREECE
Amidst domestic unrest and economic hardship, the people of Greece embodied the Olympic ideals, proclaiming to the world that crisis would not drive them to isolation, but rather to welcome with open arms Special Olympics athletes who brought courage, joy, pride and inspiration to Greece during a much-needed time.
Now, two weeks after the conclusion of Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011 Special Olympics celebrates the faces, events, historic moments, triumphs, and stories of the largest multi-sport event in 2011. Every day odds were defied, victories were won, personal bests were achieved, and athletes from more than 170 countries showed the world what it means to play unified, and live unified.
This year was the first year Israeli Arabs represented the country in the World Games, playing alongside their Jewish teammates. Romanian athlete, Anca Chirita’s overcame odds in her heroic journey of living in an institution to winning the Gold in Bocce. The Healthy Athletes program through medical screenings, the donation of hearing aids and glasses, and visits with dentists helped hundreds of athletes who are underserved in most countries.
As Timothy P. Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO said, “The examples go on and on, but one thing is clear: as our athletes continue to spread the spirit of unity beyond the borders of Greece, we have an opportunity to join them. We can play unified with them, and we can live unified thanks to them.”
World Games by the numbers:
Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011 concluded competition with the Closing Ceremony on 4 July at the historic Kallimarmaron Panthinaikon Olympic Stadium in a celebration of Special Olympics athletes, families and fans, as well as the thousands of volunteers who made the Games possible. During the ceremony, the Special Olympics World Games flag was transferred over to the Games Organizing Committee for the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.
While the flag has been passed on to the Games Organizing Committee for the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, plans for Special Olympics 2015 Summer World Games are also underway. The host of the 2015 World Games will be announced in mid-September as a decision is made by Special Olympics between the two current finalists of South Africa and Los Angeles, California.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 website: www.athens2011.org
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