Special Olympics Competition comes to Huntsville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2017

Huntsville, AL- The Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex is pleased to once again host the Alabama Special Olympics Sunday, February 5, 2017. The event will take place from 9:30am to 12:30pm and will feature talented athletes from throughout the region.

Five figure skaters will be representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held March 14-25, 2017 in Graz, Ramsau, and Schladming, Austria. The Ice Complex is pleased to announce that two of the skaters for the Special Olympics USA Team have already been chosen and will be at the Ice Complex this Sunday, they are Laura Beth Matus from Huntsville and Allan Lohr from Florida. World Games Head Coach Tappie Dellinger will also be in Huntsville for this regional event.

Special Olympics USA will be comprised of a 210 member delegation consisting of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations. The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports team, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together as teammates. In preparation for the competition team members spent a week in Killington, Vermont training for: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

In a statement sent by Matus’ family she says, “I’m looking forward to skating, getting a gold medal, and traveling in an airplane across the ocean.” She is the only athlete representing Alabama in the upcoming World Games.

According to her parents, Matus has been skating since she was 5 years old, and is best known for blowing kisses to the judges after her routines.

For more information about the Ice Complex event Sunday please contact Hollie Beaver at hollie@hsviceplex.org or at 478-733-8096. You can learn more about Special Olympics USA at www.specialolympicsusa.org

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