Irish Floorball team take centre stage at Special Olympics Winter Games

Irish Floorball team take centre stage at Special Olympics Winter Games

Irish Floorball team take centre stage at Special Olympics Winter Games

Mulligan, 24, will be one of 109 athletes from the United States taking part in the Special Olympics World Games, starting Saturday in Austria.

Against the rain, the opening ceremony became a spectacular show at the small town Schladming of the Styria state, as the stadium was turned into a visual dream land for the audience in the celebration of life and happiness.

Daina Shilts, of Neillsville, has been a snowboarder in the Special Olympics for 19 years.

Elijah Wood is a floor hockey athlete that is representing Canada in Austria at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

And a Chesterfield mother is on her way to Austria this morning to watch her teen compete. She's even been working on her German to go along with her physical preparation for the games.

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It signals the commencement of competition at the event, where more than 2,500 athletes are participating.

Fletcher said it's "very cool" that someone who has trained and raced at Nashoba took home a medal.

"It's a country I've never been to before", she said. The only stipulation was she had to attend the camp without her family. "I'm more excited than nervous, but I try to keep it all in perspective. The crowd's behind you." said one athlete, Cheyanne West.

"This is the chance of a lifetime", Cathy VanHeukelem said.

According to her Special Olympics USA bio, Troutman has been involved with Special Olympics for six years. "A lot of people have stepped up to help make this happen, and I'm very grateful for them".

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