When are Games?

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Since the first Special Olympics International Games in 1968, the world has transcended the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture, and religion to come together every two years for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter, the World Games have become the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement and have grown to be an international demonstration of inclusion, acceptance, and unity.

Get ready for the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games, from 1 – 5 February 2020, where athletes will come to Sweden one year before the 2021 World Winter Games to practice competing on the world’s stage.

The World Winter Games will take place from 5 – 13 February 2021.

Sweden Winter Pre-Games: 1 – 5 February 2020

Host Town: 29 – 31 January 2020
Divisioning and Preliminary Competition: 31 January 2020
Opening Ceremony: 1 February 2020
Competition and Other Events: 2 – 4 February 2020
Closing Ceremony: 4 February 2020

Sweden World Winter Games: 5 – 13 February 2021

Host Town: 2 – 4 February 2021
Divisioning and Preliminary Competition: 5 – 6 February 2021
Opening Ceremony: 5 February 2021
Competition and Other Events: 7 – 12 February 2021
Closing Ceremony: 12 February 2021

Berlin Pre-Games: Summer 2022

Berlin World Games: June 2023

EVENTS
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Sweden has been granted the opportunity to host Special Olympics’ flagship sporting event, the World Winter Games in 2021.
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WASHINGTON, DC – November 13, 2018: Berlin, Germany has won the race to host Special Olympics’ flagship sporting event, the World Games in 2023.
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The first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup was presented by Toyota! This international football (soccer) tournament showcased the unifying power of sport on a global stage.
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History of the Games
2017 - Graz & Schladming, Austria
2015 - Los Angeles, California
2013 - Pyeongchang, South Korea
2011 - Athens, Greece
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2009 - Boise, Idaho
2007 - Shanghai, China
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2005 - Nagano, Japan
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2003 - Dublin, Ireland
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2001 - Anchorage, Alaska
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1999 - Raleigh, North Carolina
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1997 - Toronto, Canada
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1995 - New Haven, Connecticut
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1993 - Salzburg & Schladming, Austria
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1991 - Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
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1989 - Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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1987 - South Bend, Indiana
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1985 - Park City, Utah
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1983 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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1981 - Stowe, Vermont
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1979 - Brockport, New York
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1977 - Steamboat Springs, Colorado
1975 - Mount Pleasant, Michigan
1972 - Los Angeles, California
1970 World Games Runner
1970 - Chicago, Illinois