SEATTLE — So many came to a 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for a experience, memories and camaraderie, though some of a 3,000 competitors also are going to be returning home with critical hardware. Behind their winning smiles are so many stories of bland success.
Included among these winners are an anthem singer; an contestant so renouned that his high propagandize gave him a pep convene before he left to compete; a carefree film director; a powerlifting tap-dancer who once achieved during Carnegie Hall, and a weightlifting mixed medalist who was in a wheelchair and incompetent to travel as recently as 6 years go. Winners, all.
Parker Thornton, left, won china in a Level 3 one golf foe with his father, Mark. Parker has served on a Special Olympics house of directors in his home state of New Hampshire.
Steven Summerfelt Jr. came from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to ambience gold. Playing along with his father, Steven Sr., they won a Level 3 one golf competition.
Raul Correa, 48, of Hollister, California, helped his Northern California organisation award in men’s basketball. He competes in 3 other Special Olympic sports — and apparently supports a Giants.
Dayla Smarr, 36, took his initial outing on an aeroplane to get to Seattle. The bid was rewarded with a bullion award for his North Carolina organisation in men’s normal basketball.
Kathleen Stoller, 23, flashes her china award in a 25-meter freestyle. From Simpsonville, South Carolina, Stoller several times has been asked to sing a National Anthem before a start of Special Olympic events.
Stacey Hawkins, 32, of Lewisville, Texas, was a force for a Texas bullion medalists in women’s normal basketball.
Randy Talbot takes a bronze in a 25-meter freestyle swimming event. From Pender County, North Carolina, Talbot’s Topsail High classmates hold a pep convene to uncover their support for his efforts.
Team Texas played devoted invulnerability to win bullion in a women’s normal basketball competition. Back row: Staci Mercer, Kimberly Corkran. Front row: Rachel Elder, Alandira Rivera, Kellie Wickett.
Shayne “Stretch” Curtiss of Groton, Connecticut, and one contestant Rich Kent, prisoner bullion in bowling.
Tasjenay Feigh of Minnesota shows her award in a change beam. Called “Tasha,” she has been concerned in Special Olympics for 12 years. She also won a Level 1 safe pretension in a 22-plus group.
Jennifer Rhein, 26, Ludlow, Kentucky, binds her china award from a change beam. She’s been competing in Special Olympics given 2010, though a outing to Seattle was her entrance in a Special Olympics USA Games.
The nationalistic Michelle Athenas, 33, of Huntington, New York, salutes America’s birthday with her outfit and her medals in powerlifting. Her teammates call her their “secret weapon.” She can pierce a lot of iron, though is light on her feet, carrying daub danced during Carnegie Hall in a Special Olympics fundraiser.
Michael Holland, 21, Douglasville, Georgia, is called “Tree” by his friends. He’s been concerned in Special Olympics given he was 7, and his mother, Ellen, was hailed as Georgia’s tip S.O. volunteer. Michael won bronze in a Level 3 golf competition.
With a assistance of his father, Todd, Andrew Johnson, 18, took a china award in a Level 3 one golf competition. The Johnsons accost from Whitmire, South Carolina.
Liane Matzenbach, 26, came from The Colony, Texas, to take partial in a gold-medal-winning bid opposite Washington in women’s normal basketball.
Tar Heel basketball excels during each level. North Carolina’s medal-winning organisation in a men’s normal foe includes (l to r) Justin Williams, 17, Dayla Smarr, 36, Marquise Ledbetter, 23 Venson Hopper, 18, and Brian Black, 27.
Yes, that’s Vermont’s Kevin Conger, 18, behind those shades and display off a bullion award in interscholastic men’s basketball. A comparison during Champlain Valley High, Kevin enjoys filmmaking and leads cinema for YouTube.
Wyatt Bader of Hastings, Nebraska, won bullion in powerlifting. Although usually 15, Wyatt also competes in rodeo events.
Indiana’s David Paul, 22, has reason to applaud his powerlifting bronze medal. Six years ago he was in a wheelchair and incompetent to walk. The former 20-ounce beforehand baby is now a connoisseur of Milan High (think “Hoosiers”) and winning medals for his considerable strength.
Kelby Woolf of Laramie, Wyoming, installed adult on bronze medals this week with his powerlifting skills. At home, Woolf works during an internship during Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Treece Embry, 33, isn’t called “Speedy” for nothing. Here’s his china award for his efforts in a 100-meter dash. This is his third Special Olympics USA Games coming for Team Arkansas.