“Graz and Schladming in Styria, Austria, Going to host the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games”….
The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 will be staged in Austria. Special Olympics announced today that Graz and Schladming in Styria, Austria, will host the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
“By hosting the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria aims to strengthen and enrich the Special Olympics movement in all relevant social areas.
The vision of Special Olympics is to gain ,with the positive attributes of sport, athletes, families and volunteers from all over the world for their idea.
Due to the growing recognition of the global impact of Special Olympics, of the incredible energy of the volunteers and especially of the charisma of our athletes, barriers should be broken down and more acceptance and tolerance should be achieved for the people.
Special Olympics has many thousands of competitions around the world every year. Our athletes train in 30-plus sports in 169 countries. Every two years, there’s a World Games competition that shows off the best our movement has to offer. For many of our athletes, attending a World Games is the dream of a lifetime.
For almost 2,700 Special Olympics athletes, that dream will come true during the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
The athletes have trained in their 107 home countries. Coaches have guided their practices. Family and friends have cheered for them.
This month, they will travel to the mountains of Austria. About 1,000 coaches will come with them. Our athletes will ski, skate, snowboard, snowshoe, shoot balls and shoot pucks to see who will win the gold–and who will not.
These World Games mark a return: In 1993, Austria hosted the very first Special Olympics World Winter Games held outside the U.S. (Learn more about how the first World Games in Austria happened.)
A lot has changed since those 1993 Games. This time, an even larger worldwide audience will get the chance to see many moments from the Games. ESPN will be broadcasting stories and events during the 2017 Games in Austria.