Every two years, people around the world cheer on athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics. There is another major international sporting competition, the Special Olympics World Games.
Athletes from these Games participate in Special Olympics, an international organization that offers many athletic programs, as well as health and wellness programs, to people with intellectual disabilities. As with the Olympics and Paralympics, the Special Olympics World Games occurs every two years and alternates between Summer and Winter Games. However, the location is not the same as the Olympics and Paralympics.
This week, March 21-26, the Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Austria, will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ABC, as well as online at WatchESPN and on the ESPN app. Each night from March 21-24, the Games will be shown on ESPN2, WatchESPN and the ESPN app from 5:00-6:00 p.m. CT. On March 26, (the Games are only shown at 2:00 a.m. on the 25th), a recap of the Games will be shown on ABC, WatchESPN and the ESPN app from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT. Click here for more on the TV schedule. A video livestream is also available here (scroll down on page). Spanish broadcasts can be seen on ESPNDeportes. However, these will only be shown at 2:00 a.m. on March 22-25 and March 27.
Two athletes from Minnesota, Camilo Meija and Meghan Gartzke, are at the Games as part of Team USA. Both athletes compete in alpine skiing. Click here for more on Camilo and Meghan. Good luck to them and all the other athletes!
In addition to watching the livestream, don’t forget to tune in to ESPN2 starting at 5:00 p.m. today, March 21! Thank you to ESPN and ABC for broadcasting the Games!
Written by: Sam Graves