SC Athletes prepare for 2017 World Winter Games

News | July 15th, 2016

Three South Carolina athletes will be attending Special Olympics USA’s training camp in preparation for the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.

Jackie Hoch, 36, of Florence and Keith Frostic,63, of Lake City will be competing in Alpine Skiing and Latrice Pringle,31, of Florence will be competing in Snowboarding.  This will be the first international competition for Jackie and Latrice.  Keith competed in the 1997 World Winter Games in Canada.

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Training camp will be held December 12-15, 2016. Killington Resort will serve as the team’s home base and several area venues will be used for training and special events, including Castleton University, a longtime supporter of Special Olympics in Vermont.

Special Olympics USA is comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations, for a total delegation of 210. The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates. Team members will compete in seven sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world. This prominent world stage brings attention to the Special Olympics movement and helps create positive, sometimes lifesaving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world. Nearly 5 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in 170 nations across the globe.

Nearly 3,000 athletes and 1,100 coaches from 110 nations will compete at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, March 18-24, 2017. Competition and special event venues will be in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau. Lean more at http://www.austria2017.org/en/

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