Our Athletes
athlete lead
Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all around the world—5.6 million and counting! They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our global community. They're also having lots of fun!
Three female athletes from the Special Olympics Saudi Arabia team, the young girl in the middle is giving the peace sign with both hands.
It was a moment to remember for Saudi Arabia as the women’s Bocce team took home its first-ever medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Khadija standing with her paddle in had ready to play.
Khadija isn’t just competing at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, she is breaking barriers.
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A smile from Team Senegal athlete Khadija Sy after the medal ceremony for the 100m run. She's standing on stage in front of the World Games logo with volunteers behind her.
Khadija Sy wrapped up her 2019 World Games competitions this week with a 100m run and the 4x100 relay.
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Chaica Al Qassimi giving a speech at the World Games in Abu Dhabi
By Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team.
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Angel preparing to dead lift; she's standing on stage.
Angel walked up to the barbell at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and rose above the years of struggle that are now behind her.
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Sara Mashabek giving the peace sign in her equestrian outfit.
Sara Mashabek’s love of horses could be described as love at first sight.
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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.
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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.
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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 has something in common with his role-model Usain Bolt.
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Said Bes getting his hearing aid resized
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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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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