Copper Hosts Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games for 23rd Year in a Row

March 3, 2011



Copper Mountain, CO…March 3, 2011…Copper Mountain is proud to host the Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games for the 23rd year in a row. Approximately 550 athletes will compete Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6 in alpine skiing, snowboarding, speed skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and figure skating. In addition, Copper is proud to be the official winter training site for all Colorado-based Special Olympics athletes and the “Official Home of the Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games.” Admission to the games is open to the public and free of charge.


Event Highlights (schedule subject to change)

Sunday, March 6

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.             Hospitality Center open, Hasty’s Room in the Conference Center

8:30 a.m.                     Volunteer Registration and Training

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.       Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing Competitions, with event specific venues (events run consecutively, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the three courses)

4 – 4:30 p.m.               Closing Ceremonies, Bighorn Room of the Copper Conference Center

4:30 – 6 p.m.               Victory Celebration, Bighorn Room of the Copper Conference Center

4:30 – 6 p.m.               Olympic Town in Kokopelli’s Foyer in the Copper Conference Center

6 – 6:15 p.m.               Fireworks in Burning Stones Plaza


Each year, hundreds of Special Olympics Colorado athletes from across the state come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of the Special Olympics. The Winter Games allow Special Olympics Colorado to bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that have excluded them from the mainstream of the community. Their stories are inspirational, and the self-confidence and self-esteem they gain from training and competing in Special Olympics are priceless.


Individual and group volunteers are needed to assist with event operations, and volunteers truly are the very backbone of the Special Olympics Colorado program! For more information on volunteering or if you have questions, visit Or you can call Lisa Dugger, Volunteer and Family Coordinator, at 720.359.3103, or email her at


Contact/Media/Photo/Interview Opportunities at Copper

This event offers a wide variety of opportunities to the media. Special Olympics Colorado athletes, volunteers and coaches will be available for interviews and photographs. For interviews or media information during Winter Games competition, please contact Kathy Muffenbier at 303.720.0203, or Media packets will be available at the Communications Center in Ptarmigan A/B (lower level of the Conference Center).  A complete schedule is available at




About Special Olympics Colorado 

Since 1969, Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) has been strengthening families, athletes and the very soul of our community through sports training and athletic competitions. Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and sponsors over 80 competitions at the area and state level in 20 sports for more than 10,000 athletes statewide. With a base of more than 6,500 volunteers, thousands of hours are donated allowing SOCO to support athletes of all ages and abilities, allowing them to build athletic, learning and social skills. Participation with other athletes, non-disabled peers (Unified Sports® partners), 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. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information, visit


About Copper

Copper Mountain knows there are skiers and riders out there who have never felt the thrill of waking up and hearing on the radio that school was cancelled. There are people who have never spent a whole day in the snow doing anything their heart desired. No joke. These people, and those who understand snow day bliss, are the reason we do what we do. So come to Copper to take a day, or two or seven and experience the mountain. Welcome everybody, to the home of the snow day. For up-to-date weather, photos and more visit


This season make sure to check out Woodward at Copper, the premier trick stomping playground that features The Barn, a 19,400 sq. ft. indoor facility complete with indoor artificial snow jumps and jib lines, foam pits, skate features and Olympic fly-bed trampolines, offering indoor and outdoor training programs where you can learn tricks in the Barn and take them on snow the same day. For a virtual tour of The Barn, program details, videos, pictures and much more, visit




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