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Special Olympics: Austin-area winners

Riley Blatz got a silver medal in the long jump to go with his bronze in the 1500 meter run. Heather Alderete got three gold medals in the bench press, dead lift and overall. And Brennan O'Donnell got two gold medals and a silver. The gold in deadlift and overall, and silver in bench press.

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Special Olympics: Fab Five

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Three athletes and two coaches; together they are New Jersey's Special Olympics gymnastics team. More>>

Special Olympics: Future Stars Race

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The 2014 Special Olympics USA games continue in New Jersey. Nine athletes there from Central Texas.
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Athletes competing in Special Olympics

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Nine Austin area athletes are competing in New Jersey in the 2014 Special Olympics USA games. More>>

Special Olympics Games underway in New Jersey

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The 2014 Special Olympics USA are underway in New Jersey.
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Special Olympics: William Mullican

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Golf is not a sport that's picked up overnight. Time, effort and patience all play a big factor. More>>

Flame of Hope makes stop in Times Square Video included

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The countdown clock is ticking towards the start of the Special Olympics USA Games this weekend in New Jersey. Excitement for the big event hit a high on Wednesday when the Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through Times Square. The Flame of Hope has been carried by Special Olympics athletes and more than 100 law enforcement volunteers from across the country in a five-day run with the final destination the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday for the opening ceremony. More>>

121 athletes to represent Texas during Special Olympics; 7 from Austin-area

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More than 150 people—including 121 athletes and 33 coaches—will represent Texas during the Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey in June.
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Special Olympics: Nathan Van Nostrand swimming for gold Video included

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Nathan Van Nostrand hopes this is his year to get the gold medal. This will be Nathan’s first time to compete at the USA Special Olympics games in New Jersey.
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Special Olympics: Athlete Heather Alderete

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Heather Alderete says she loves how lifting more and more weight makes her feel. And this athlete just wants to make Central Texas proud. More>>

Special Olympics athlete: Heather Alderete Video included

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Heather Alderete is gearing up to compete in the powerlifting portion of the 2014 USA Special Olympics Games in New Jersey.
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Special Olympics: Minnesota's Dave Persons bowling for his dad Video included

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Dave Persons got his start in Special Olympics at age 38 -- and while that's an unusual time to get involved in competitions, the decision is now taking him to compete on the national level.


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Special Olympics: Plymouth, Minn. swimmer Abby Hirsch 'comfortable in the water' Video included

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It's a life-changing event only a few athletes are selected to participate in, but a young swimmer from Plymouth, Minn., will be competing in the Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey before 70,000 spectators.


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FOX Special Olympics

Special Olympics: The heart of Justin Jr Video included

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Justin has earned at least 20 medals, many of the gold. But there is one award that stands out. He says, “I look back at that one race, I helped that kid." More>>

Special Olympics And TD Bank Fundraise For Honorable Athletes

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More than four million athletes participate in Special Olympics worldwide. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Kristen Clark Video included

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Kristen Clark, 37, landed in her first swimming pool thanks to her mom's gene pool. "She actually told me that before she gave birth to me that I did a cartwheel in her stomach," Kristen said. But before enduring those abdominal acrobatics, Patricia Clark placed 14th at the 1956 Olympic swim trials. "She was a world-class diver," Kristen said. And Kristen would argue she was also a world-class coach. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Nolan Theaker of Mich. Video included

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The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are coming to New Jersey in June. Nearly 3,500 athletes are expected to compete.One of those athletes is 16-year-old Nolan Theaker, who began competing when he was just 8 years old.
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Special Olympics: Athlete Amelia Hernandez

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Growing up on the west side of Chicago, Amelia Hernandez has been competing in Special Olympics since she was 7 years old.
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Special Olympics: Athlete Sara Chamberlain Video included

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The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are coming to New Jersey in June. Nearly 3,500 athletes are expected to compete.As a young girl, Sara Chamberlain found it hard to talk to others because of her shyness. More>>

Special Olympics: CEO T.J. Nelligan Video included

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As chairman and CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, T.J. Nelligan is one of its biggest supporters. But his role is much more than a job. For him, it's personal.T.J.'s work with Special Olympics began because of his role as Sean's father. Sean has an intellectual disability. Beyond sports, Sean is living the dream of working with his best friend Bobby in T.J.'s restaurant, the Montville Inn in Montville.
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Special Olympics: Athlete Valerie Romero Video included

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Valerie Romero, 43, just aced the spot-shooting portion of a Special Olympics basketball skills competition in the Bronx. "I'm feeling good," she said. "I just can't wait for June to get here. It's taking too long." Earlier this year, the committee notified Valerie and her mother Nancy they'd like for Valerie to compete at the USA games in nearby Princeton, New Jersey, come June. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Jessica Spitz

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Jessica Spitz, 18, is training for one of the biggest days of her life. The Commack, Long Island, High School senior will be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in the 100-yard dash and the shot put. From the moment Jessica joined Special Olympics last year, she was hooked. More>>

Special Olympics: Deer Park Fireballs

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The countdown is on for this year's Special Olympic Games in New Jersey. Texas will be well represented in all the categories, including softball. For the Deer Park Fireballs, the games will be a family affair. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Jordan Svehlak

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The 2014 Special Olympics USA games are just a few short weeks away, but our local athletes have been training tirelessly for months. Training for this year started back in August, but many of these athletes More>>

Special Olympics: How a Chicago PE teacher helped create the games

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The Special Olympics began as a small program within the Chicago Parks District. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Riley Blatz

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As a track athlete, you get to love these lanes. Riley Blatz spends hours on this track. More>>

Robert Harmon Jr.

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Robert Harmon Jr. Sport: Bocce My name is Robert Harmon Jr., and this summer I will be participating in bocce at the 2014 Special Olympics National Games that will be held in New Jersey. I participate More>>

Chad Quinton

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Chad Quinton Sport: Powerlifting Hi! I'm Chad Quinton and I have been involved in Special Olympics since I was 8 years old. Over the 27 years that I have been involved with Special Olympics I have participated More>>

Harry Fox

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Harry Fox Sport: Aquatics I was first introduced to Special Olympics in 1979 when I attended Madonna Learning Center.  Therefore, I have been competing in Special Olympics for 35 years in different sports More>>

Kerri Robinson

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Kerri Robinson Sport: Aquatics I have been participating in Special Olympics for 23 years, and the sports that I compete in are bowling, aquatics, tennis, canoeing, cycling and horseback riding. Special More>>

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