Skiers, Snowboarders, and Skaters to Compete in the Tennessee Special Olympic Winter Games

Snowboarder in Mid Leap

The clash of metal skate blades on ice, and the adrenaline surge of watching skiers and snowboarders race downhill are only a few of the thrilling sights and sounds you’ll find at Ober Gatlinburg as they host one of the most exciting events in the state – the 33rd Anniversary of the Tennessee Special Olympics Winter Games. From January 28th – January 30, Ober will be the site of rousing competition between some of Tennessee’s finest athletes who will speed skate, snowboard, and ski their way to victory on Ober’s world-class slopes as crowds cheer them on. This promises to be a don’t-miss event for winter sports enthusiasts, as well as supporters of the Special Olympics.

This year’s annual games will feature over 150 competitors with intellectual disabilities in divisions based on ability and age. This competition’s opening ceremonies begin at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, with a welcome, the presentation of the colors, the March of the Athletes, and the Special Olympics Oath. Afterward, the games will begin at Ober Gatlinburg with the moving ritual of lighting of the Special Olympics flame. For details, call (865) 436-5423, email: fun@obergatlinburg.com, or click here.

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