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Oklahoma athlete has large following

July 23, 2010

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Fans come together in support of athletes

July 22, 2010

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Sprint race finals dominate Wednesday morning session at aquatics competition

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Jordan Couch, 15, Miss., (top) won gold in the women’s open 25-yard freestyle Wednesday morning with a time of 46.92 seconds. Couch was the last woman off the block, but finished three seconds ahead of her nearest competitor
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Amber Bailey, 16 of Utah received some helpful encouragement from her coach before the 25-yard race — and it worked. She won the silver medal with a time of 49.93 seconds.



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Cancer survivor takes bronze in men’s freestyle

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Kyle Russell, 16, Saint Mary’s County, Md., won a bronze medal in the men’s 50-meter freestyle finals on Wednesday. Russell, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was four, has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment to eliminate two more tumors. Russell made his high school swim team as a freshman this year, with no special considerations by his coach.

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Even cancer can’t stop this gold medalist

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Michigan swimmer celebrates with coach

July 21, 2010

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A Michigan swimmer and her coach celebrate after winning a medal at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games on Wednesday.
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Relay events headline Day 3 of aquatics competition

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From the 200 meter backstroke, to the 25 meter and 4×25 meter freestyle, Special Olympics athletes put the crowd on its feet for much of the morning Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center natatorium. Maine won the women’s preliminary 4×25 meter freestyle race with a time of 1:39:61. Nebraska came in second, followed by Rhode Island.

Races will continue until 4 p.m. today, with the first medal event coming later this afternoon. Stay tuned for more results and coverage of the 2010 Special Olympics U.S.A. National Games, brought to you by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
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Steven Drysdale, 24, Boston, Mass., and Brendan O’Keefe, 32, Wakefield, Mass., watch their teammates swim Wednesday morning. O’Keefe is competing in his second Special Olympics, while Drysdale is in his first. Drysdale said his favorite part about the games is, “making new friends.”
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Sometimes the old guys finish first. (Top to bottom) David Karras, 34, Ariz., Greg Ashworth, 54, Okla., Andrew Wuthrow, 30 Kan., and Ted Harris, 42, Neb., competed in the one of the many 25 meter freestyle preliminary races Wednesday Morning. The race was won by the oldest of the group, Ashworth.
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Clipped Wings backs Olympians — for 23 years

July 20, 2010

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Arkansas fans gauge competition at Games

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Mike and Theresa Book watch Arkansas play Nebraska White. Their son Addison, 14, is a Special Olympics athlete at the state level. The family traveled from Piggott, AR, to Lincoln to be spectators, because Addison dreams of competing in aquatics at the national level.

“Hopefully he’ll be picked to be on the Arkansas National team someday,” Theresa Book said.

She added that Special Olympics has much to offer to the athletes and their families.

“It’s been great for us,” Mike Book said. “Arkansas Special Olympics does so much for our kids.”

The Arkansas Special Olympics Family of the Year also has a younger daughter, Savannah, who competes in the State Games.



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Texan aims for gold in swim lanes

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Chan Graves, 25, came all the way from Arlington Texas, to compete in the 2010 Special Olympics USA Nationals. Chan said in 2002 he broke records in a College Station, Texas competition and walked away with four gold medals. On July 20, he competed in the Men’s 100 Freestyle. He qualified and will swim again Wednesday with nine teammates.
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Chan Graves, 25 of Arlington, Texas qualifies, competes again Wednesday


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