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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes the lives of our athletes with intellectual disabilities but also our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.
Spencer Roberson with a female both giving a thumbs up.
Spencer Roberson is an accomplished athlete and volunteer who made his international debut at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. The Special Olympics USA athlete swept gold every category of equestrian including dressage, English working trails, and English equitation.
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8 people, from the left, one Ethiad representative, a male trainer, 5 athletes including Abhishek with a bandage on his hand and another trainer.
Abhishek Gogoi said he would do his best at World Games—and he did. But after taking a bad fall on the windy, sloping course on Sunday, Abhishek was knocked out of a third-place slot.
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Brittany with a woman on the courts. Brittany is smiling big and has on a USA shirt. in the background is a Play Unified sign.
Brittany Tagliareni has won her first game of the 2019 World Games in a hard-fought match against Belgium's Lies Gielis, daughter of late European football legend Marc Gielis.
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Jamaica’s 51-year-old bocce player Delroy Sullivan
Delroy Sullivan is a Jamaican farmer. He has something in common with his role-model Usain Bolt, the fastest man who has ever lived. They were born in the same country. “We're from the same parish, and I want to be just like him,” said Delroy.
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Sayra Paola Barrios, Special Olympics Guatemala Gymnastics athlete, patiently waits to receive her new prescription glasses from the Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program.
ABU DHABI, March 17, 2019 – If you’ve never seen the world clearly, how would you know you are missing something?
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Said Bes getting his hearing aid resized
ABU DHABI, March 16, 2019 – For the first time in his life, he could hear the aura of a crowd. Fans from all over the world cheering him on.
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Allyson Felix with 2019 World Games athletes in Dubai, UAE
A group of Special Olympic athletes had a day to remember as they trained alongside multiple Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix in a Unified Sprint Clinic at Dubai Police Academy Stadium on 17 March.
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Aquiles at poolside after his silver-medal winning swim in the 25m breaststroke
After a technical disqualification over the weekend, Aquiles Heredia rallied with a stellar effort in the breaststroke today—earning his first big win of the games, a silver medal!
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World Games opened with a full venue, fireworks and a musical performance onstage.
Over 40,000 people from all around the world are cheering and making waves during a sold-out sports event. No, it is not the Champions League final.
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Saleh Al Marri in his lane, bowling as spectators watch in the background.
Saleh Al Marri set a high goal for himself—and reached it.
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