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Runners battle for the lead

July 22, 2010

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Three runners — Jeremy Petty of Oregon, Kiet Ly of Louisiana and James Therrien of Maine — battle for the lead in the 200-meter finals Wednesday, July 21.
Photo: Brittany Guindon, UNL



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Track and field action

July 21, 2010

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Keith Slater, Team Arkansas, approaches the finish line during the 200 meter run at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Kiet Ly, Team Louisiana, and Jeremy Petty, Team Oregon push toward the finish line during the 200 meter run at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Erin Gunnink, Team Indiana, throws the shot put Wednesday during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games at Ed Weir Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Nicholas Roy Vandenburgh, Team Minnesota, takes off on his first jump in the long jump portion of the decathlon at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Softball action continues into second day

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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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K’Von Albert: Special Olympics athlete pursuing his dream

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Track athlete competes in two different events


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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
Photo by Andrea Evers
Alaska
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Arizona
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Arkansas
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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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Deleware
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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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Maine
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Maryland
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Massachusetts
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Michigan
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Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Missouri
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Montana
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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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Wyoming
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South Carolina golfer breaks world Special Olympics record

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Scott Rohrer, 21, of York, S.C., set a USA National Special Olympics golf record with a 1-under par 71 at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb. Golfing in the windy conditions, Rohrer beat the previous USA National Games record of a 73 by Joel Murray of Louisiana set last year. Rohrer plays at the highest classification in the games.

Rohrer’s 71 on the Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb., is his personal best score. He made it in his first 18-hole individual stroke-play national event. PGA of America Honorary President Brian Whitcomb met with Rohrer at the leader board to congratulate him on his National Games feat.

“I had four birdies, a bunch of pars, a couple of bogies, but overall not a bad day. Actually, it was just awesome and the best I’ve ever done,” said Rohrer. Rohrer has traditionally played in the national event with his father in the Level III 18-hole team play event, winning the gold medal in the Level III 2009 Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament.

Scott’s father, Jeff, was on site in Nebraska, but helping out as coach with the Level I Individual Skills competition. “My wife was Scott’s caddie so I knew he was playing great, I just didn’t know how great,” said father Jeff Rohrer, also of York, S.C. “He was on his game today that is for sure. I think that the course we play in South Carolina, River Hills Country Club, makes you hit your shot with accuracy or you are in real trouble… that is what helped him here today.”

Story: Aaron Krienert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Golfers tee off

July 19, 2010

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Photo by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Joel Murray from Louisiana and David Steffan from Nebraska prepare to tee off on the 11th hole on Monday, July 19, at Highlands Golf Course.

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Photo by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jason Wright from Missouri prepare to compete. Jason competed last year and won Nationals in golf.



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