For the 7th time already, Luxembourg participated in the Special Olympics World Winter Games, a sports event for all athletes with intellectual disabilities. During the ten days of competition, from 14 to 24 March 2017, the Grand Duchy's delegation won a total of 16 medals, including 4 gold medals.
The Luxembourg team had no fewer than 24 athletes, accompanied by a whole team of coaches, a physiotherapist and two heads of delegation. The athletes participated in four disciplines, namely downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and curling.
Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017
This world event, which is held every two years alternating between winter games and summer games, attracted some 3,000 athletes from 110 nations, with 1,100 coaches and 3,000 volunteers. This year, Austria hosted the 11th edition of the Special Olympics World Games in the towns of Graz, Ramsau, in Styria and in Schladming.
A total of 9 disciplines are on offer at the Special Olympics World Games: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and floorball. According to Pierrot Feltgen, the sporting director of Special Olympics Luxembourg, the organisers of the world event managed to make it a success in spite of the bad weather conditions. "We experienced warmhearted games, which lived up to the motto 'the heartbeat of the world'," said Pierrot Feltgen.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)