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Michelle Canazaro

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To train for winter sports, Michelle has no choice: she laces up her snow boots, straps on her skis, and heads to the beach -- even in blistering 90 degree heat.

As one of the few 2017 World Winter Games athletes from Florida, she had a challenge finding show and snowdrifts to practice her maneuvers. She's a multisport athlete who's been with Special Olympics since age 8 (nearly 20 years ago!)

In 2017, she attended her first World Games in Austria. Michelle is also an athlete leader -- and a multisport athlete: competing in swimming, paddle boarding, bowling, softball, soccer, basketball and snowshoeing. She also likes to draw, paint, and sing when she’s not busy playing sports.

She's a two-time gold medalist for paddle boarding in the State Games in Sarasota, Fla. She attended technical college and received a certificate from the Administrative Assistant program. She's now an office assistant at the Dan Marino Foundation, where she's worked for the last 3 years.

About Me:

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.