World Winter Games Kazan 2022
2011 World Games Athens, Greece, a Russian athlete celebrates his medals.
Special Olympics World Games are one of the most powerful and important vehicles for communicating to the world the abilities and gifts of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and helping to achieve the vision of the Special Olympics movement.
Sports
Sports include: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Snowboarding, Short Track Speed Skating, Floorball and Snowshoeing
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Coaching guide, rules, and other materials for coaches.
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Cross Country Skiing Banner
Coaching guide, rules, and other materials for coaches.
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Figure Skating Banner
Coaching guide, rules, and other materials for coaches.
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Snowboarding Banner
Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.
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Short Track Speed Skating Banner
Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.
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Floorball Banner
Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.
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Snowshoeing Banner
Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.
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Players on a field celebrating and giving one another high-5s.
For all sports rules, rule changes, and fact sheets.
Speedskaters taking off and officials observing
The fundamental difference between Special Olympics competitions and those of other sports organizations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his/her performance.
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Badminton, Egypt vs. Syria
Our volunteer coaches help Special Olympics athletes reach their best level of skill and performance. These resources can be used by Program sport directors to recruit and train coaches to reach their own heights of achievement.
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The Special Olympics Athlete Development Model (ADM) is a support plan designed to empower each of our athletes. The model promotes motor and skill development as well as health and fitness, while preparing athletes for competition at all levels.
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Athlete speed skating
Special Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are complementary organizations, each one a testimony to the power of sport.
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Man jumping over the highbar.
The heart of Special Olympics is competitions, the races, matches, tournaments and games for people with intellectual disabilities. In many ways, these competitions are like sports run by any other organization, but there are some key differences.
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The Special Olympics World Winter Games in Kazan, Russia in 2022 will serve as a catalyst that will challenge perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and all people with differences, and demonstrate to the world the power of sport to establish thriving, inclusive communities by transforming attitudes and behaviors.