World Games

by | Jul 5, 2016 |

2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games


The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 will be the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming and Styria, Austria. Austria will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine Olympic-type winter sports. The Special Olympics World Winter Games returns to Austria, the location of the fifth Special Olympics World Winter Games in 1993 in Salzburg and Schladming.



Headed to Austria!

Among the 3,000 athletes from around the world, Special Olympics Kansas hopes to have two representatives from the state.

Special Olympics Kansas congratulates Ashley Spriggs and Jerad Leatherman of New Hope, Pittsburg on their nomination to be a part of Special Olympics USA World Winter Games team. The USA team will represent the United States at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games being held March 14-25, 2017, in Austria.
Ashley and Jared have been selected to participate in snowshoeing.  They attended a Special Olympics USA training camp in Killington, Vt., in December 2016 and were evaluated for final acceptance for the national team.

Click on the links below to read their Bios and to help them on their Quest for the Gold!

Ashley Spriggs
Check out more than 400 new training camp practice and event photos:
Special Olympics USA Flickr


Coach John Lair, of New Hope Pittsburg, will attend the Games as a Snowshoe Coach.

Cpl. James Browning of Merriam Police Department, has been selected to represent Kansas Law EnforcemenJames Browningt Torch Run in the Final Leg for the World Games.  Members of the Final Leg will run the Special Olympics Torch throughout Austria prior to the Games, ending at the Opening Ceremony where they will light the Flame of Hope to declare the 2017 World Winter Games open.



About The Games:


March 14th- 25th 2017
Where Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, Schladming-Rohrmoos
Who 3.000 athletes of 110 nations
1.100 trainer
3.000 Volunteers
5.000 family members/friends
800 congress participants
1.000 Media representatives
1.200 MVP-Fans
Figure skating(180)
Speed skating (250)
Floor Hockey/Floorball (1.160)
Snow shoeing (300)
Alpine skiing (390)
Nordic Skiing (400)
Stick shooting (200)
Opening ceremony
March 18th 2017 in Schladming/WM-Stadium Planai
Closing ceremony March 24th 2017 in Graz/Merkur Arena