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Upcoming Events for March 24, 2017
  • It’s the final day of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games!
  • Amiee Gordon and Philip Ste Marie will be the final skaters on the roster today, rounding out the competition in their respective races.
  • There will be some serious excitement at the floor hockey venue today as both Team Canada floor hockey teams (East & West) will be playing in gold medal games. Team West will take on South Africa at 8:30, while Team East will face rival Hungary at 11:30. Let’s go boys!
  • The final day of competition for alpine, cross country and figure skating was yesterday, so both teams are cheering on the remaining Team Canada athletes competing today.
  • Snowshoers will take part in the 400m and 1600m finals.
Highlights from March 23, 2017
  • With 8 speed skaters competing today, it was bound to be a day of medals for Team Canada. The Team hauled in 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
  • Figure skaters continued to rack up the hardware at the rink, starting with Mike Sumner from Yukon winning silver in his tier on March 22nd and continuing into today with a total of 22 medals won out of a possible 23! Figure skaters dominated!
  • There were no floor hockey games today, so both teams were able to hit the streets and explore the beautiful city of Graz!
  • Alpine skiers kicked butt on their final day of competition, with 9 athletes winning 9 medals – 2 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze!
  • Snowshoers had another great day on the track! In the 4 x 400m relay, the women snagged gold and the men, silver! Later in the day, both our men’s 4 x 100m relay teams won gold and our ladies weren’t far behind, winning a silver in the 4 x 100 m relay.
  • Cross country skiers were racking up the medal haul as well, with Ernest Chua winning gold in the 500m and Allie Libertini winning silver in the 500m!
Interesting Facts
  • The Team Canada speed skating squad became fast friends with the skaters from Uzbekistan and in true Canadian fashion, gathered extra gear and Canadian clothing to give to the team, who came with little to nothing. The entire team is going home with hardware!
  • Floor hockey player from Team East, Steven Slezsak, showcases the true spirit of Games with the Facebook content he posted yesterday, writing:
    • “As tomorrow comes for the final game, I promise to practice as hard as I play and to play as hard as I practice. I will win with pride. I will lose with dignity. I will lead by example and always be a team player. I will honour the game and my community with the highest level of conduct. I will always raise my game. Let’s go and bring this thing home boys!”
The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games are taking place in Austria from March 14 – 25, 2017. It is the largest sport and humanitarian event taking place anywhere in the world in 2017. The Games will host 3,000 athletes from 110 countries around the world.
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in 12 provincial and territorial Chapters, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 42,000 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 20,000 volunteers, including more than 15,000 trained coaches.
For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Dunbar Director, Communications & Marketing Special Olympics Canada
Allison Love – Graz Communications Liaison Special Olympics Canada
Chelsea Fidler – Schladming/Ramsau Communications Liaison Special Olympics Canada