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.

World Winter Games: January 2022, location to be announced

Berlin Pre-Games: June 2022

Berlin World Games: June 2023

EVENTS
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The Special Olympics World Games offer the opportunity to unite the world like no other event can.
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
1987 World Games Promo
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