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World Games

THE WORLD IS WATCHING...

At the heart of every athlete is determination and the desire to achieve, win, represent their country with pride and joy and perform their best in a sport they love -- an equality that exists among all athletes. With each World Games, more hearts and minds are opened towards people with intellectual disabilities. 

The World Games are flagship events for the Special Olympics Movement. They take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games. The Games can be the world's largest sporting event of the year. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters attend to see and cheer the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities. 


COUNTDOWN TO THE 2017 WORLD GAMES

After 24 years, the next World Winter Games will be returning to Austria in March of 2017. The Games will be held in three primary locations: Graz, the second largest city in Austria and capital of Styria. In Schladming, where the Alpine Skiing World Championships took place in both 1982 and 2013. And in Ramsau, where the Nordic Skiing World Championships took place in 1999.

The Winter World Games is expected to draw 3,000 athletes from 110 nations over the 12 days of the event. With this comes 1,100 coaches and 3,000 volunteers, making these Games one of the largest international sports and humanitarian events in 2017.

For more information please visit: www.austria2017.org


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