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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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