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  • World Winter Games 2017

    The Special Olympics World Winter Games will be in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria from 14 to 25 March.

    Photo by Diego Azubel

  • World Winter Games 2017

    The Special Olympics World Winter Games will be in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria from 14 to 25 March.

    Photo by Diego Azubel

  • World Winter Games 2017

    The Special Olympics World Winter Games will be in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria from 14 to 25 March.

    Photo by Diego Azubel

  • World Winter Games 2017

    The Special Olympics World Winter Games will be in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria from 14 to 25 March.

    Photo by Diego Azubel

2017 World Winter Games in Austria

The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 will be the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria. The games will run from 14 to 25 March.

The World Winter Games Return to Austria

Special Olympics has many thousands of competitions around the world every year. Our athletes train in 30-plus sports in close to 170 countries. Every two years, there's a World Games competition that shows off the best our movement has to offer. For many of our athletes, attending a World Games is the dream of a lifetime.

For almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes, that dream will come true during the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

The athletes have trained in their 110 home countries. Coaches have guided their practices. Family and friends have cheered for them. 

In March 2017, they will travel to the mountains of Austria. About 1,000 coaches will come with them. Our athletes will ski, skate, snowboard, snowshoe, shoot balls and shoot pucks to see who will win the gold--and who will not. 

These World Games mark a return: In 1993, Austria hosted the very first Special Olympics World Winter Games held outside the U.S. (Learn more about how the first World Games in Austria happened.)

A lot has changed since those 1993 Games. This time, an even larger worldwide audience will get the chance to see many moments from the Games. ESPN will be broadcasting stories and events during the 2017 Games in Austria.

See the latest about the 2017 World Winter Games on the official website.

I’m Going to Austria! Check out this new video from our partners at ESPN giving a sneak preview of some of our athletes going to our upcoming World Winter Games in Austria!

2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
 

The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of the Styria region), Schladming (host city of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (host city of the Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).


Contact information
Venue(s)
Opening Ceremony
Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen
Coburgstraße 52
Schladming
Austria
Team Competitions
Stadthalle Graz
Messeplatz 1
Graz
Austria
Competitions in floorball, floor hockey and stick shooting will be held on the first floor of Stadthalle Graz.
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Unified Floorball: Players with and without intellectual disabilities team up for a game in Graz, Austria. The World Games in Austria will feature Unified floor hockey, floorball, ice dancing and ice pairs.

2017 Winter Games Sports

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Figure Skating
  • Floor Hockey
  • Floorball
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stick Shooting

The competitions will be held in three places in Austria. Figure skating, speed skating, floorball, floor hockey and stick shooting will be held in Graz. Cross country skiing will be held in Ramsau. Alpine skiing and snowboarding will be held in Schladming.