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Local athletes win medals in 2008 Winter Special Olympics



Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and Sugarbush sent six athletes to the 2008 Winter Special Olympics which were held March 14 and 15 at Suicide Six in S. Pomfret, Vermont.

The Alpine Team competed in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill events. This year's team was comprised of: Philip Kellum of Moretown and Barre, Christopher Riley and Grace Kirpan of Moretown, Gabriel Teran of New Hampshire and Montpelier, and two new members, Bennett Townley of Williston and Joshua Bartold of Warren.

Competing in the Novice Division, Bennett won three gold medals, Christopher won a gold and two bronze medals, Grace won three silver medals, and Josh won a fourth place ribbon. In the Intermediate Division, Gabi won a silver and bronze, and Philip won a fourth place ribbon.

All six athletes competed with smiles, determination, wonderful team spirit and the sheer enjoyment of the games. They would like to thank coaches Henry Erikson, Rich Reisner and Ellen Riley, as well as the many volunteers from Vermont Adaptive at Sugarbush North.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities and to provide "Sports for Every Body." They run both winter and summer programs. For information on how to become involved, visit the website at or call program coordinator Maggie Burke at 583-4283.

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