Interesting facts you might not know about this year’s Special Olympics World Games…

Posted on September 04, 2015

In a little more than 24 hours celebrations will kick-off in Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games and the organisers of the event are hoping that it will be the most inspirational to date. We thought we would delve a little deeper in to this year’s games and give you an insight in to what’s going on…

1. This year’s games is the single largest event to be held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics...

Not only that, it’s also the first Special Olympics World Games to be held in the United States for 16 years!

2. Thousands of athletes competing from hundreds of countries…

More than 6500 intellectually disabled athletes from 165 countries are expected to compete at this year’s Special Olympics World Games.

3. The age of athletes competing range from 8 to 71 years old!

That’s right the youngest competition at this year’s games is 8-year-old Ian Wong of Macau who is taking art in track and field. The oldest competitor is golfer Patrick Rutherford of Ireland.

4. Star-studded opening ceremony…

First Lady, Michelle Obama will officially open the games, lets hope she breaks out the Uptown Funk dance! She we will be backed up by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne and Nicole Sherzinger who are all part of a star-studded opening ceremony.

5. 26 different sports on show…

Volleyball, bowling, football, golf, roller skating, power lifting, gymnastics, handball, cycling, badminton… the list goes on.

6. More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend this year…

And the best thing is that admission to the events is completely free!

7. An army of volunteers…

A staggering 30,000 people have signed up to be volunteers at the games along with 120,000 ‘Fans in the Stands’.

We’re sure this year’s Special Olympics World Games is going to be an inspiring event. Be sure to keep up to date with all the goings-on by heading over to http://www.la2015.org/

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