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.
Confident, focused, and relaxed, Florida athlete Andy Miyares was more than ready for his 4 x 100 Freestyle relay on Tuesday. Only two seconds away from beating the Netherlands, not to mention making a new personal record, he knew he had to swim his absolute fastest. “We are trying to get the first place,” said Andy. The relay was intense and Andy did an amazing job in closing the gap between the USA and the other teams, bringing the Special Olympics USA relay team from third place to second. “Aquatics did fantastic!” said Andy. His hard work paid off and his team went on to achieved their fastest time by five seconds and receive a silver medal.
Special Olympics USA’s unified soccer team from Florida dominated the field on Tuesday with a 4-2 win over Luxembourg. “We gave it our all and came out on top,” said Chris. “We came out to play today.” It was a close game but the team pulled through and brought home a victory for Florida and the USA. “You just have to do your best, have fun, work hard, and believe,” said Andrew. The team was very happy with how they played. Today, they are excited to play Liechtenstein in a game that will determine their final competition for the gold.