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Below is a Guest Blog Post by Olympic champion and Special Olympics Board Director Michelle Kwan:

What an experience I had this past week at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece!

Having trained for two Olympic Games I know firsthand how hard these athletes have been working to prepare– and let me tell you that preparation paid off!  I had the opportunity to roller skate with some athletes in a Unity Sport Event along with my friend, Apolo Anton Ohno, and I think I can speak for the both of us when I say how impressed we were with their skills, determination and unbelievable enthusiasm.

Tim Shriver always says that the secret ingredient of Special Olympics isn’t that the athletes compete against each other; they compete against themselves to achieve their personal best.

Congratulations to all the athletes and good luck achieving your personal best!

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2 thoughts on “Inspired at Athens 2011 Watching Athletes Achieve Personal Bests

  1. Special Olympics-the one organization in the world that penalizes excellence. Throughout these games athletes have been publicly humiliated when taking to the awards podium because they have exceeded their previous personal best. They find out when they are told they cannot stand on the awards platform where they thought they were entitled. Over and over this has happened. They have been coached to “do their best” and then they are brought out into the public eye an refused their medals. These athletes have intellectual disabilities. That does not mean that they are devoid of feelings. Special Olympics does good work in setting the athletes up for success and they time and time again those who do well are denied their medals. For an organization that dislikes the word disability it certainly seems to like disqualified, disillusioned and discarded. Thanks Tim and Joanna. Great leadership and understanding. Great sympathy. Great tolerance. Great job of misleading.
    Very Sad…Very, Very Sad.

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