Friday, June 17, 2011

Athletes Head to Special Olympics World Games

SEATTLE- Please forgive John Borgognoni if he and his group don't stay until the end of the Mariners game Friday night.

They've got to hop out of bed at 3 a.m. sharp Saturday to head out on the journey of a lifetime.

Nine Washington state athletes will be on their way to Athens, Greece, to compete as part of Team USA in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games.

The event, for athletes with intellectual disabilities, is expected to draw 7,500 entrants from 185 countries, including more than 400 from the U.S.

Washington's contingent, ranging in age from 20 to 45, includes two bowlers, two power lifters, two cyclists, a golfer, a runner and a swimmer.

Although five have competed in previous World Games, this will be the first time the event has been held in Greece, birthplace of the Olympics.

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