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Special Olympics kick off with opening ceremony


The 40th annual summer Special Olympics kicked off today for thousands of athletes in Stevens Point. But to them, it's more than just a competition.

It all got underway with an opening ceremony. Athletes, like Peter Chumas, come from all across Wisconsin in hopes of grabbing the gold.

"I hope I win. I hope to get some medals and some awards," Chumas said.

But to Chumas and other athletes, this weekend is about much more than just winning. 

"People with different abilities doing different things," Chumas said.

"I can get out of the house and have some fun," athlete Daniel Henderson said.

More than 2,000 athletes will compete this weekend in soccer, track and field, power lifting and swimming.

"It's the one time you can see the abilities not the disabilities," Special Olympics Regional Director Kathy Walker said. "These are true athletes," she added.

As the athletes filed in the stadium, high fives were given and smiles all around.

"Let me win and if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt. Every athlete that is here has already won because they made it this far," Walker said.

These athletes will keep that in mind as they go for the gold.

Competition starts tomorrow morning.



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