Copper Mountain, CO…March 25, 2009…Copper Mountain is proud to host the Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games for the 21st year in a row. More than 300 athletes will compete March 29 and 30 in alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and figure skating. Copper is proud to be the official winter training site for all Colorado-based Special Olympics athletes and official host resort for the Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games through 2010.
Opening Ceremony celebrations will feature the lighting of the Flame of Hope and a torchlight parade followed by fireworks. Special Olympics athletes will be able to visit “Olympic Town” filled with activities for athletes on March 29 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Copper Conference Center.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS - Schedule subject to change
Sunday, March 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Alpine/Snowboarding Competition Event Specific Venues
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cross-Country/Snowshoe Competition Base of Alpine Lift
7:15 - 8 p.m. Opening Ceremonies Burning Stones Plaza
8 - 10 p.m. Victory Celebration Copper Conference Center
Monday, March 30
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Alpine/Snowboarding Competition Event Specific Venues
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cross-Country/Snowshoe Competition Base of Alpine Lift
1 - 1:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies Copper Conference Center
The mission of Special Olympics Colorado is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, providing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy with their families, fellow athletes and the community.
Special Olympics Colorado makes donating easy with the Text-To-Donate campaign. Cell phone users may make a $5 donation through March by texting FAN to 90999. This non-taxable donation is charged to the donor’s regular cell phone bill.
Individual and group volunteers are needed to assist with event operations. For more information, visit specialolympicsco.org or call Mandi DeWitt, Family & Volunteer Coordinator, at 720.359.3117.