The entire Special Olympics floor hockey team along with their coaches Mike Suder and John Webber joined us to talk about participating in the 2013 World Winter Games.
The 20-member floor hockey team of Southern California qualified to join Team USA and will travel to Korea for the Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. This team lost over 400 pounds collectively as they trained for this hopeful “gold-medal” winning trip!
Los Angeles will host the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to include 7,000 athletes from 170 countries competing in 21 sports!
The floor hockey team members are all from the Riverside Area of California (see list of athletes below). Special Olympics Team USA includes 152 athletes and 61 volunteer coaches/staff members from across the United States in the sports of: Alpine Skiing (43 athletes), Cross Country Skiing (27 athletes), Snowboarding (9 athletes), Snowshoeing (17 athletes), Speed Skating (11 athletes), Figure Skating (11 athletes), Floor Hockey (24 athletes and 10 unified partners).
About Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games:
More than 2,300 athletes from more than 110 nations will attend in PyeongChang and Gangneung, Republic of Korea, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Athletes will compete in seven Olympic-type sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, short track speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and the demonstration sport of floor ball. More than 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are also expected to attend.
ABOUT Special Olympics Southern California:
Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years. Special Olympics offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.
For more information on the team, please visit Special Olympics Southern California.