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Kickin’ Finals

July 24, 2010

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Marcos Tapia (#7), Jose Uribe (center, #1) and James Vanderbrink (#8) head to the podium to collect the gold medal for Team Nebraska in unified soccer at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 23, 2010. Nebraska defeated Oklahoma in extra time, 5-3.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.

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Arkansas coaches celebrate their win over Texas on July 23, 2010.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Team Oregon rallies around Brittany Thompson (center) after she scored the team’s first goal at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games on July 23, 2010.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Team Oregon creates a tunnel for Team South Carolina after their game on July 23, 2010.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Edson R. Irineo (#4) dribbles past a Team Oklahoma defender in unified soccer. Nebraska won the game to take the gold medal.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Intense heat and humidity cuts one player’s celebration short after Team Nebraska defeated Team Oklahoma to win the gold medal match.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Jose Uribe (left) and Humberto Tapia (#3) fall after colliding with members of Team Oklahoma.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Edson R. Irineo (#4) reacts to his goal for Team Nebraska Unified Soccer against Oklahoma in the gold medal match.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Volleyball competition comes to an end

July 23, 2010

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Emotional last day for flag football

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Indiana Kats player Des Scott looks on as Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans runs down the field during the first game of the evening for Division 1 of the traditional flag football teams. Division 1 consisted of the Indiana Kats, Tennessee and Missouri, with each team playing each other once.

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Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans and Indiana Kats’ Bradley Smith embrace after the Kats’ 9-8 victory in overtime.

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Nebraska Red’s Kendrick Leubert (left) and Zach Taylor (right) try to tackle New Jersey’s Steven Rodenbeck during the second game of Division 2 play among the traditional teams. Nebraska Red won 22-14.

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Tennessee Thunder assistant coach Miles Duncan of Columbia, Tenn., scratches his head as the Thunder try to come back against Missouri in the second game of traditional Division 1 play. The Thunder lost 16-12.

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Arizona’s Andrew Wiemers tries to avoid a tackle from Texas Rattlers’ James Hawkins (left) and John Malone (middle) during the first game of play for Division 1 of the unified teams. Arizona won 14-0.

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Arkansas Hogs’ Tyrone Humphrey runs past Nebraska White’s Angelo McIntosh during the Hogs’ 12-6 victory in overtime. This was the first game of play for Division 2 of the traditional teams.

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TyAre Ross of the Nebraska White team tries to catch a ball against Arkansas.

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Missouri’s Bernard Hill runs for a touchdown against the Indiana Kats in the Division 1 of traditional teams championship game. Missouri won 26-20, completing a 9-0 undefeated run at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

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New Jersey and Nebraska Red players huddle between plays.

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New Jersey and Nebraska Red players leap for the ball.

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Indiana Bulletz and Texas Rattlers players chase after a ball in the second game of unified Division 1 play. Texas won 32-28.

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Arizona tries to defend the Indiana Bulletz during the championship game of the unified Division 1. Arizona won 32-19.

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Arkansas and Nebraska Red battle it out in the championship game of Division 2 of the traditional teams. Nebraska Red won 29-14.

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All 10 flag football teams pose after the medal ceremony. For traditional teams in Division 1, Missouri won gold, Indiant Kats silver and Tennessee bronze. For traditional teams in Division 2, Nebraska Red took home gold, Arkansas silver, New Jersey bronze and Nebraska White fourth-place ribbons. For unified teams in Division 1, Arizona won gold, Indiana Bulletz silver and Texas bronze.

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The Moody family poses for a picture following the medal ceremony. Brendon Moody, from the Nebraska Football Academy, volunteered all week and brought his sons along with him. They were often seen playing catch between games.



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Nebraska track athlete overcomes personal anguish

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Nebraska track athlete Brandon Peters competes in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games just more than a month after his father was in a motorcycle accident.

Video by: Kaitlyn Burke & Zwanai Chiweshe, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Tennis athlete enjoys the games

July 22, 2010

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Tennis athlete Alina Moser celebrates a win with coaches Tammy Hill and Phil Wolfe. After the game, Moser was asked how she was enjoying the 2010 Special Olympics USA National games. “I am having fun, this is fun,” she said, with a big smile on her face.

Photo: Kaitlyn Burke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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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
Photo: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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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Nebraska power lifter posts personal best

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Wednesday was a monumental day for powerlifter Gregory Blankman and his family. Blankman, 24, of Plattsmouth, Neb., brought home four medals at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. In the squat competition, he placed second with a lift of 275.6 pounds. This lift also was his personal best. In the bench press competition, Blankman pressed 181.9 pounds. In the deadlift event, he lifted 314.2 pounds. In the all around triple competition, Blankman brought home the silver medal.

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Gregory Blankman receives his silver medal from Michael Kemp, executive board member of Special Olympics Nebraska.

Photo: Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Gregory Blankman displays his powerlifting pose at the awards ceremony.

Photo: Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Nebraska flag football teams unite

July 21, 2010

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Nebraska Red and Nebraska White pose for a group picture after playing each other. This was not the first time the two teams have been in opposition. Their coaches have taken advantage of their close proximity to pit the teams against each other before.



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Faces of flag football, Day 3

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Andrew Kline, 27, from Omaha, Neb., watches his team compete. Kline is a member of the Nebraska White team.
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Kline cheers for his team from the sidelines.
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Brennan Mickens, 20, from Kansas City, Mo., attends a Missouri flag football game. Mickens is a member of the Missouri bowling team who came to support another Missouri team.

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Missouri fan Lina Hill cheers for the Missouri team. Hill is from Blue Springs, Mo., and is supporting her son, Bernard Hill.
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Power lifter Nick Watterson (26) of Springfield, Mo., proudly displays his three gold medals. Watterson won his medals on Monday and is now finished with his events and plans to spend the rest of the week supporting other Missouri teams.
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David Svitak is a 27-year-old basketball player from Downers Grove, Ill. Svitak and some of his basketball teammates visited the flag football venue to see one of the other sports at the Special Olympics.
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Brandi Vanvleke cheers for the Missouri flag football team. Vanvleke is from Kansas City, Mo., and has a sister participating in the bocce ball competition. But she wanted to watch her home state’s team play flag football on Wednesday.
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Morgan Plant cheers for the Texas flag football team in between her scheduled soccer games. Plant is a 17-year-old soccer player from Houston, Texas.
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Tori Jones (17) sits on the bench and watches her Tennessee flag football team. Jones is one of two girls participating in the sport of flag football at this year’s games.

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Isla Brassil sits on the sidelines at the flag football games with her parents and two brothers. The family is not immediately linked to Special Olympics but wanted to be watch some of the competitions in their hometown of Lincoln, Neb.

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Texas flag football player Mike Earnst watches his team from the bench. Earnst is 21 and is from Baytown, Texas.
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Joe Volpert watches the Nebraska Red flag football team. Volpert, like many of the Nebraska Red players, is from Papillion-LaVista and commented on the opportunity he has had to watch many of the players grow up and now compete at the Special Olympics.
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Michael Tom smiles big on the bench of his Arizona flag football team. Tom, 27, is from Chandler, Ariz.
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Rhonda Stadter, from Blue Springs, Mo., shouts encouragement to the Missouri flag football team.
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