2017 World Winter Games

In 2017, Austria will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine Olympic-type winter sports.  The Special Olympics World Winter Games returns to Austria, the location of the fifth Special Olympics World Winter Games in 1993 in Salzburg and Schladming. 1,600 athletes from 63 nations competed in five sports in these Games, which were the first World Games held outside the United States.

Missouri has placed two athletes in the 210 athlete delegation, as well as a staff member and a law enforcement officer running the LETR Final Leg. Andy Martinez and Andrew Baswell, both from the Kansas City Metro Area, will be competing in snowshoeing and alpine skiing respectively, Brandon Schatsiek will be a member of the communications team and Mark Koeller will be running in the Torch Run. We look forward to their adventures in Austria, and we hope Andrew and Andy can bring home the gold! Click the links below to learn more about them or to support their fundraising efforts!


Andy Martinez


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