Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories.
Special Olympics Florida’s equestrian athlete Christina eloquently rode in her first competition at the World Games yesterday, earning Special Olympics USA a silver medal. Earlier in the week, Christina, who is vision and hearing impaired, was paired with a white horse named Stormy whom she likes very much and handled with grace. Christina was relaxed before her first competition and rode Stormy with ease. Her posture, diagonals, and leads were all executed with confidence and grace, which led her to a second place finish. Almost more important is that Christina completed her performance feeling ecstatic about the way she rode, with the biggest smile on her face and cheers from friends and family in the stands. Today, she rides for her dressage test, where a horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. Christian shares her lifelong passion for horses with the team from Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, where she not only trains but volunteers, and who was also there to applaud her silver medal win.