Posted by: sonewjersey | January 23, 2013

The 2013 World Winter Games are here!


After months of preparation, three athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey are finally on their way to the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea!

Junichi Kusakawa, 27, from West Windsor will compete in Cross Country Skiing; Maureen Larsen, 25, from Sea Isle City will compete in Alpine Skiing; and Becky Scheick, 23, from Ewing will compete in Snowshoeing.

This afternoon, Junichi & Becky gathered at the SONJ Sports Complex and will meet up with Maureen in Philadelphia tonight. Together they will all travel to their next stop, Los Angeles, where all 213 members of Special Olympics Team USA will gather tomorrow for a special send-off ceremony at 7 p.m. PT.

Bon voyage Becky & Junichi!

Bon voyage Becky & Junichi!

Two dignitaries are expected at the send-off celebration in LA: two-time US Olympic gold medalist and soccer legend, Julie Foudy, and Special Olympics Southern California Co-founder and two-time US Olympic decathlon gold medalist, Rafer Johnson.

Junichi, Maureen, Becky & the rest of Team USA will leave for Korea on Friday. Please join Special Olympics New Jersey in wishing our three outstanding athletes the best of luck in competition. We hope you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Best of luck Junichi, Becky & Maureen!

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About Special Olympics World Games:
Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world. More than 4 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in more than 170 nations across the globe.

The Special Olympics World Games features challenging and inspiring international competition among thousands of athletes, making it the world’s second largest sports event, after the Olympic Games. The culmination of years of athletic training and competition, the World Games bring together adults and children with intellectual disabilities to compete on the world’s great athletic stages.

This is the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games. It will unite more than 2,400 athletes from more than 110 countries in PyeongChang and Gangneung, South Korea. More than 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are expected to attend.

Special Olympics Team USA is sponsored by Finish Line, Karbon, MTM Recognition, and American Federation of Teachers.


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