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Tennis competition ends with smiles, medals

July 23, 2010

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Cassandra Patterson, 26, of Huntsville, Ala., smiles after winning the gold medal in the tennis individual skills competition.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of Team Alabama dance together after the tennis players received their medals.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Reatha Smith, 43, of Tennessee, gets flowers from her family. Smith won a gold medal in tennis.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Ohio tennis player Cynthia Bently, 52, hugs her family after winning the silver medal in her division.
Photo: Caroline Kilday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Photo: Caroline Kilday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Rhythmic gymnasts receive awards

July 22, 2010

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Officials awarded these medallions to the athletes after three days of hard work.

Photo: Marlenia Thornton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of Team Alabama show off their new Ameritas gear and winning medals at the end of the awards ceremony. From left are Abby Long,Veronica Harwell, Erica Watts, Debbie Sullivan (coach) and Cheryl Hively

Photo: Marlenia Thornton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Lincoln’s Cheer Express teams with athletes to display some winning spirit.

Photo: Marlenia Thornton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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DeAsia Manley flashes a smile to the crowd after taking top honors in her Level 2 subdivision.

Photo: Marlenia Thornton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Katie Shepherd and Jessica Clopp pose with their coach, Tracey Crouch, in the closing moments of the awards ceremony.

Photo: Marlenia Thornton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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After two long days of competition, gymnasts Kelli Davis (Kentucky), Jessica Clopp and Sienna Cassien Blackwell (South Carolina) display their medals.

Photo: Marlenia Thornton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Softball action continues into second day

July 21, 2010

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Johnathan Durham, Team Ohio, connects with a pitch during his team’s game against Team Louisiana at Fleming Fields Tuesday during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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John Ivy, Team Alabama, catches a ball during the softball clinic at Fleming Fields Tuesday. The clinic was hosted by 2004 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed and former major leaguer Frank Kolarek.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Alex Lyvers, Team Kentucky, handles a ground ball under the watchful eye of 2004 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed during the softball clinic at Fleming Fields Tuesday. The clinic was hosted by Freed and former major leaguer Frank Kolarek.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Athletes show their pride at Opening Ceremony

July 20, 2010

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The Special Olympics flag being raised during the Opening Ceremony Sunday afternoon
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Photos arranged by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Find pictures of your state: (all photos are by students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Alabama
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Alaska
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Arizona
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California
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Colorado
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Connecticut
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District of Columbia
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Florida
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Georgia
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Idaho
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Illinois
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Indiana
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Iowa
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Kansas
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Kentucky
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Louisiana
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Michigan
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Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Nebraska
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Nevada
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New Hampshire
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New Jersey
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New Mexico
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New York
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North Carolina
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North Dakota
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Ohio
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Oklahoma
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Oregon
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Pennsylvania
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Rhode Island
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South Carolina
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South Dakota
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Tennessee
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Texas
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Utah
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Vermont
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Virginia
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Washington
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West Virginia
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Wisconsin
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Tennis competitors make their marks in the Games

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Ashley Kelley, 25, of Dothan, Ala.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Jonathan Sady of Orlando, Florida.
Photo: Chelsea Coli University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Katherine Richards of Houston.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Katherine’s mom Kim Richards, 50, coaches her daughter.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Missouri coach Linda Weiderholt, 55, gives player Brittany Seiker, 18 of Kansas City, Mo., some advice between sets.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Lifters power ahead in Games

Athletes Christy Robinson of Alabama, Kiri Less of Maryland, Shale Erickson of North Dakota and Joni Langley of Arkansas dazzle the crowds.

Video: Emily Sallach, UNL Edited by: Pat Radigan, UNL



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Let the games begin: Sights from the USA National Games opening ceremony

July 18, 2010

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Lincoln, Neb.- Sunday’s opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA Summer Games at the Devaney Sports Center marked the official start of the games. The USA Summer Games run through Friday and include nearly 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 49 states competing in 13 sporting venues.  (Above) A member of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Torch Run Team lights the cauldron torch at the Devaney Sports Center. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in the weeklong 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of Team Nebraska respond to the cheering crowd at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games opening ceremonies at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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2010 Sports Illustrated cover model Brooklyn Decker, a national spokeswoman for Special Olympics, emceed the opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Sunday at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Alabama Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Singer Rachel McClusky performs at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Alabama Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes  will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Florida Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes  will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Special Olympics athletes warm up for USA National Games

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Photo: Kelly O’Malley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team.

Jeff Brewer, 36, Columbus, Ohio, practices his high jump technique Sunday morning. Brewer will compete in five events this week in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.
Brewer will compete in the high jump, 100 meter dash, running long jump, the 4×100 meter relay and shot put.

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Photo: Kelly O’Malley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team.

Team Alabama’s 4×100 meter relay team practices handoffs Sunday for this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Anthony White, 21, Wilsonville, Ala., passes the relay baton to Aaron Lindsey, 44 (right), Mobile, Ala.

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Photo: Kelly O’Malley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team.

Ben Hayes, 17, Milton W.Va. applies ice to his leg Sunday in a medical station at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.
Hayes will compete in the 100 meter dash, running long jump, shot put and the 4×100 meter relay. Photo: Kelly O’Malley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team.



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