25th Year of Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games at Copper Mountain
The 2013 Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games will be held March 2-3. Athletes will compete in figure and speed skating at South Suburban Ice Arena in Centennial on Saturday, March 2. The Games will then move to Copper Mountain on Sunday, March 3, for the outdoor snow events – alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
February 26, 2013
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – The 2013 Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games will be held March 2-3. Athletes will compete in figure and speed skating at South Suburban Ice Arena in Centennial on Saturday, March 2. The Games will then move to Copper Mountain on Sunday, March 3, for the outdoor snow events – alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
The event will feature 250 athletes and Unified Partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities), with the help of 75 coaches and 300 volunteers. Athletes will compete in divisions based on gender and skill level. Special Olympics Colorado is returning to Copper Mountain for the 25th consecutive year and looks forward to continuing the relationship, which is the longest standing venue partnership in the history of Special Olympics Colorado.
At the conclusion of the weekend, Special Olympics Colorado will celebrate the achievements of the athletes at the Closing Ceremony and a fireworks display open to the public at Copper Mountain. The fireworks display will take place at 6 p.m. at Copper’s Burning Stone Plaza. Marc Stout of ROOT Sports will co-emcee the Closing Ceremony with Bryan Terry, who competed in cross country skiing earlier this month at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, as a member of Team USA.
“Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games is one of our annual signature events and a great opportunity for citizens in the Summit County and Metro Denver areas to come out and support our athletes,” said Mindy Watrous, President and CEO of Special Olympics Colorado. “Our athletes have been fortunate to compete at one of the finest ski areas in the western United States. Copper Mountain is tremendous community partner and has helped us provide a quality experience for our athletes and volunteer coaches over the past 25 years.”
“Copper Mountain has valued the partnership with Colorado Special Olympics over the past 25 years and is extremely honored to host such inspiring athletes on our mountain,” said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain.
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Amy Turner, SOCO VP of Marketing & Corporate Partnerships
aturner@SpecialOlympicsCO.org or 720.635.3513 / 720.359.3133
About Special Olympics Colorado
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for more than 12,000 athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 6,600 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities age 2½ and up. Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities. For more information, visit SpecialOlympicsCO.org.