WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — The 29th Annual Special Olympics Winter State Games was held at Nine Mile Forest on Sunday.
The event brought in close to 150 athletes from all over Wisconsin.
Competitions included cross country skiing, snowshoe racing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. Each event awarded medals to the top three place winners and a ribbon for fourth place.
“We see the potential that individuals with intellectual disability have,” said Special Olympics Sports and Health Vice President Don Wigington. “They’re not just somebody that toils away, but they’re people that have real lives. They work, they participate in sports and this is a chance for them to really be able to demonstrate their courage and ability at these competitions.”
“Ugh I couldn’t believe it. I was sleeping last night thinking about it. Every single night,” said competitor and gold medal winner Josh Brandenburg. “It was a lot of pressure but I got through it.”
Other competitors said they can’t wait to do it again next year.