TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Special Olympics set to begin again in Johnstown area

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games returns to the Johnstown area for the 12th consecutive year, beginning with Sunday's opening ceremonies, followed by competition Monday and Tuesday.

More than 300 athletes, including 10 from Allegheny County and 29 from Westmoreland, and 135 coaches are expected to participate in the events, including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and figure skating.

The event also brings 250 volunteers to venues including Hidden Valley Ski Resort (alpine skiing), Blue Knob Ski Resort (cross-country and snowshoeing), Cambria County War Memorial Arena (figure skating) and Planet Ice (speed skating).

Athletes must qualify for the Games, but event director Lesley Meyer said many volunteers return year after year.

“The first year they may be apprehensive but usually after that they're ours,” she said. “They see how rewarding it is.”

This is the 37th year of the Winter Games in Pennsylvania, and Meyer said the Johnstown area is an ideal location because of the proximity of the venues required for the events.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation
  2. Court sides with Beaver County widow whose house was auctioned over $6.30 late fee
  3. Philadelphia U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case
  4. USW workers to march on ATI headquarters
  5. Westmoreland park police probe report of man who grabbed woman from Twin Lakes trail
  6. Thief’s attorney blames Rivers Casino; judge isn’t swayed
  7. Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
  8. Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
  9. Butler County motorist dies in accident with tractor
  10. Patriots QB Brady, owner Kraft lash out at NFL
  11. 5 face trial in beating of black man in Pittsburgh