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Highlights from March 24, 2017
  • As the Games wrapped up, only a few events remained for Team Canada. 
  • Speed skaters finished competition with the 333m – Amiee Gordon and Philip Ste Marie both won bronze medals. 
  • The final floor hockey games were played yesterday and both Team Canada East and West rounded out their World Games experience with silver medals. 
  • Cross country skiiers finished the day with 2 golds, 2 silver and 4 bronze in the 2.5km classic 
  • Snowshoers competed in the 400m and 1600m races and came out with 3 silvers and a bronze in the 400m and 2 golds and a bronze in the 1600m.
  • All Team Canada athletes rounded out their World Games experience at the closing ceremony last night. They danced, they celebrated and they soaked up the final moments of Games before being feted back on home soil!
Interesting Facts 
  • Figure Skater Robert Fougere is 44 years young and only started skating 4 years ago. At these games he competed in the level 3 division and won a silver medal!
  • Team Canada finished the Games strong, with a total medal count of 117 medals – 47 Gold, 43 Silver and 27 Bronze! GO CANADA GO!
The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games took place in Austria from March 14 – 24, 2017. It was the largest sport and humanitarian event taking place anywhere in the world in 2017. The Games hosted 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 twoyear-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.
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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