SC Athletes competing in 2017 World Winter Games

News | July 15th, 2016

Three South Carolina athletes have returned from Schladming, Austria after competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Jackie Hoch, 36, of Florence, won Bronze and Gold medals in Alpine Skiing. Keith Frostick,64, of Lake City, won Silver and Gold in Alpine Skiing. Latrice Pringle,31, of Florence, won Gold and a 4th place ribbon in Snowboarding.


This was the first international competition for Jackie and Latrice.  Keith competed in the 1995 World Summer Games in New Haven, Connecticut and the 1997 World Winter Games in Canada.


Special Olympics USA was comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations, for a total delegation of 210. The delegation also included Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates. Team members competed 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 competed in 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.

The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, Capitol of the United Arab Emirates.


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