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Special Olympians bring home lots of medals

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Countless hours of practice culminated into something huge for local Special Olympians ” a trip to the March 2-3 Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games.

Seven members of the Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos team, comprised of young athletes 8 to 20 years old, made the trip to Copper Mountain and returned to the valley with plenty of medals.

Nino snowshoers Alyssa Richman, Zac Willman and John Woods all came up big, with Richman nabbing gold in the 500-meter race, Wilman taking bronze in the 1K and the 500-meter race, and Woods getting silver in both the 100- and 500-meter races.



In alpine skiing, twin sisters Lucy and Mady Oakes each brought back silver medals, the former in the giant slalom and the latter in the slalom. Enrique Herrera was golden in both the giant slalom and slalom, as was Alex Bender.

Young Justin Jolley didn’t join the Ninos at state, but did compete in regional event at Ski Cooper in early February.



Herrera was the only Roaring Fork athlete making a second consecutive trip to Copper Mountain, the state site the past 20 years.

“It was nice to have him up there again,” said Ninos coach Cammi Menager, who heads up the Roaring Fork winter team with the help of Paul Squadrito. “It was nice to see his progress and his confidence level. That was really neat.”

To Menager, state was more than about “just bringing home medals, which is big, too, but it truly is the smiles, achievements, camaraderie and the ability of everyone trying their best.”

More than 400 Special Olympics Colorado athletes competed in alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Copper Mountain.

Next up for the Ninos are the track and field and swimming seasons, which run through May.

“The event is indescribable,” Menager said. “It is amazing and I can’t think of any other words to express the feeling one has when attending such an event.”


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