Sweden
Snowboarder in a red ski jacket and gray ski pants performing moves in the snow.
From 1 to 4 February 2020, Östersund and Åre will welcome over 450 athletes from 19 delegations to the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games. The Invitational Games—made possible by support from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union—will be this year’s biggest event for people with intellectual disabilities in Sweden.
Four athletes in the foreground with text behind them that reads: Heja Sverigelaget! with an illustration of the Swedish National Flag.
A new Swedish TV show, Heja Sverigelaget! (Go, Team Sweden!), which follows the journey of four Special Olympics athletes to World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, has captured the imagination of the Swedish public!
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Two young man standing side by side, the young man on the right is waving to someone off camera.
In 2019, Isak Langfors and Olle Ekman from Uppsala in Sweden had a simple dream—to ensure that young people with intellectual disabilities in their city could experience the joy of football.
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Speed Skater in all black with a yellow helmet preparing to skate.
On 1 February 2020, 300 remarkable athletes from 20 different countries gathered in Åre and Östersund for the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games.
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Jonathan Clutterbuck holding up his medal.
One thing that’s clear during the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020 is the powerful sense of comradery: everyone seemed to cheer everyone else on.
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Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games in Duved on February 02, 2020
With the slalom slopes having become her second home, Swedish alpine skier Aurelia Hagberg showcased not only her talents, but also a custom-made set of ski clothing at the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020.
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Athlete trying on ski glasses as a volunteer shows him his reflection in a handheld mirror.
As local students made their way to lectures, athletes competing in the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020 participated in free health screenings through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes programme.
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Athletes competing in floorball.
Special Olympics has launched a revolution in its approach to sport and competition with the roll-out of an exciting new floorball data project.
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three women standing next to each other and smiling for a group photo.
The first day of the Sweden Invitational Games, on 1 February 2020, proved to be an exciting and inclusive time for everyone.
Snowboarder in a turquoise ski suite going down on the slops.
The competition begins 1 February 2020.
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A group of Swedish athletes standing in a group and cheering.
Athletes from 19 countries set to join Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games in Östersund and Åre.
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