The Special Olympics World Winter Games returns for another exciting series of events, designed for those with intellectual disabilities. Spectators can watch everything from Alpine Skiing and snowboarding, to speed skating and ice hockey. The games set out to ensure all individuals are included in the community, regardless of their abilities. The disciplines are organised so competitors from across the globe take part alongside those on a similar level. 2017 will attract 3,000 athletes from 110 countries. The “Special Olympics International” was founded in 1968 with the first winter games taking place in Colorado, USA in 1977.
The games are held across four venues in Austria: Graz, Schladming, Rohrmoos/Untertal and Ramsau am Dachstein. While Graz has its own airport, the nearest commercial airports for reaching the Special Olympics are Vienna and Salzburg. The opening ceremony will be held at the WM-Stadium on 18th March. The closing ceremony on 24th March at the Merkur Arena in Graz. Check the official website for times and dates of the individual events.
Decide which sports you would like to attend in advance, as this will help decide where to visit. For those wishing to watch the alpine skiing and snowboarding, these are held in Rohrmoos/Untertal. Nordic Skiing however is at Ramsau am Dachstein. The action taking place outdoors is in the mountains, so make sure you pack plenty of warm clothing. If you don’t want to be outside the indoor sports are being played in Graz. Show your support and attend the opening/closing ceremonies, as well as various demonstration sports. For those wishing to take to the slopes themselves, then this will provide an ideal holiday.
Search for a range of private rentals such as houses and apartments, chalets and flats in the state of Styria. If you choose to stay elsewhere in Austria, then Graz is one of the main train/tram stations, while airport transfers are available to reach the ski slopes. Check our accommodation in Austria.
Relax in the old town of Graz or walk up Schlossberg Hill for amazing views. Schladming is a great place to ski, or hike through the Wilde Wasser in Rohrmoos/Untertal. The museum of Landeszeughaus has an impressive collection of armoury. The Dachstein Suspension Bridge has viewing platforms over the mountains.
Visit the official website to find out about the Special Olympics World Winter Games, including: the vision and mission, dates and facts, venues, sports and program of events, delegation service, news, media, volunteering at the Special Olympics and much more.
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