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Special Olympics athletes hit the slopes


Athletes from across the state competed in the Special Olympics today. More than thirty people hit the slopes for alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Snow-shoeing and cross country skiing at nine mile forest was canceled because of a lack of snow.

But at Granite Peak, the artificial snow allowed the show to go on. Organizers say the event allows the athletes to do what they love.

"This is an opportunity for them to come together with their peers, come together with other athletes to compete, make friends from across the state, showcase the talent that they've worked hard to practice," Bob Whitehead, Special Olympics Program Services, said.

One snowboarder that competed today is onto the World Winter Games. Diana Shilts is from Neillsville and will hit the slopes in South Korea at the end of the month.

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