|A Day of Downhill Competition|
|Sunday, 06 January 2008 21:58|
138 athletes from across the state are in the High Country today.2 p.m. marks the start of the Alpine Skiing Competition of the Special Olympics Winter Games. It’s not what you think, local director Keron Poteat says.
“It’s a really wonderful event. I think a lot of times people think of Special Olympics as just one day a year, as just a field day with balloons and clowns and stuff like that.”
Expect much, much more. Athletes ski down the expert slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Poteat says- and the event is anything but tame.
“It’s really amazing, the things that they can accomplish.”
Spectators are encouraged. 9 local athletes will be competing. It all happens at Appalachian Ski Mountain.
Today’s event is also a sounding board for the Southeast Regional Special Olympics Games, which happen at Appalachian on Feb. 3, 4, and 5. That event will attract athletes from six states.
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