Ian Rawn

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Ian was proud to be the one and only athlete representing the great state of Texas at the 2017 Games.

The 33-year-old figure skater first stepped on the ice about eight years ago. He's been working toward his 'Olympic dream' for a long time.

His parents confess to being amazed at his skills because Ian, who has Down syndrome, wasn't expected to be able to skate. Training upped to three sessions per week, plus off-ice endurance and agility training in preparation for Games.

In between, he works 25 hours a week at Venturity Financial Partners in Plano; Ian contributes financially to his training expenses. Before moving to Texas, Ian was a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania and had the chance to collaborate with a filmmaker who is doing a film about a man with Down syndrome and firefighting.

It is not Ian's exact story, but he had fun sharing his experiences for the film, which will be called "Combustion."

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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

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