The snow's timing could not have been more perfect this weekend for more than 100 Special Olympic athletes, their families and coaches as they head to Gatlinburg for the 2010 Tennessee Winter Games. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and speed skating competition will begin February 1st following the traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame at 9:00 am on Monday on top of Ober Gatlinburg, with award presentations beginning at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 2nd.
Nine areas throughout the state are represented in this annual event at the Ober Resort, which is free to the athletes. Ability levels range from beginner to advanced in each sport. Special Olympics depend on donations and volunteer coaches to allow more that 3 million individuals with intellectual disabilities compete internationally. Tennessee offers 17 sports.
So while Vancouver prepares for the Winter Games next month and the Paralympics in March, East Tennessee, and the cooperation of the weather, is ready to host the 2010 Special Olympic State Winter Games. To learn more about Special Olympics visit the web site at www.specialolympics.com
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