2017 Special Olympics World Games

3,000 athletes from 110 nations compete at the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year!

ESPN’s global coverage of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria will begin March 18 with a live three-hour special capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the World Winter Games Opening Ceremony. It marks the first-ever live coverage of the World Winter Games.  From Sunday, March 19, through Friday, March 24, a nightly program – Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 – will bring viewers the stories, competition showcase, interviews and more from Austria.

Four athletes from Special Olympics Florida will be representing the United States, as part of Special Olympics USA at these Games.  These athletes include Michelle Canazaro, Kerri Leonardo, and Fernanando Nunez in Alpine skiing, and Allan Lohr in figure skating.    View biographies.

While the Games take place March 14-25, the work we do — to serve all of our 38,000 athletes in Florida and achieve our goal of a more inclusive community — continues every day of the year.   Find your local program, become a volunteer, become an athlete or Unified Partner, or get involved with one of our fundraising events today!

ESPN’s U.S. TV Coverage

Day/DateProgramTime (ET)Network
Sat, Mar 18LIVE: Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 — Opening Ceremony2-5 p.m.ABC
Sun, Mar 19Special Olympics World Winter Games 20172-3 p.m.ABC
Mon, Mar 20Special Olympics World Winter Games 20176-6:30 p.m.ESPN2
Tue, Mar 21Special Olympics World Winter Games 20176-7 p.m.ESPN2
Wed, Mar 22Special Olympics World Winter Games 20176-7 p.m.ESPN2
Thu, Mar 23Special Olympics World Winter Games 20176-7 p.m.ESPN2
Fri, Mar 24Special Olympics World Winter Games 20176-7 p.m.ESPN2
Sun, Mar 26Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 — Best of the Games2-3 p.m.ABC

NOTE:   All shows will also be simulcast on the ESPN App and WatchESPN


Competition Schedule and Results
For Special Olympics USA – Florida Athletes

Check back when competition begins on March 15.   Listed below will be a direct feed from the Austria 2017 Games Management System.  Results will be online once they are official, usually 30 minutes post competition.  Complete competition results for all delegations will be available on