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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

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Alabama
Photo by Andrea Evers
Alaska
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Arizona
Photo by Dora Lopez
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
Photos by Andrea Evers
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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Fan support makes Games come alive

July 19, 2010

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High energy ignites the Special Olympics

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National Games begin

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Video by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games officially began Sunday night with an exciting ceremony that featured a parade of athletes, musical entertainment, and speakers like Tim Shriver.



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Olympians get ready for the Games’ opening ceremonies

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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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Celebrities grace opening of 2010 Games

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Eddie Barbanell is joined by model Brooklyn Decker at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

Photo by: Alanna Nunn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Behind the scenes before the opening ceremonies

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Behind the scenes at the Opening Ceremonies athlete Jarod Markley extends a hug to South Dakota Development Director Darryl Nordquist.

Photo: Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Michael Henrick waits withs fellow teammates from Team Connecticut before the Opening Ceremonies.

Photo: Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Athletes wave to the crowd while walking to their seats before the opening ceremonies.

Photo: Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Sid L. Scruggs, International President of Lions Club, is interviewed by Maureen Wurtz of the Special Olympics Documentation Team.

Photo: Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Sculptor, muralist help bring opening ceremonies to life

July 15, 2010

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2010 Special Olympics USA National Games torch sculptor Dan Perry and muralist Bill Hamilton of Des Moines, Iowa discuss their work in preparation for the National Games Opening Ceremonies at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.



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Devaney Center transformed for opening ceremonies

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Nina Easley of Bow and Arrow Productions describes the preparation for the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  The Opening Ceremonies commence Sunday, July 18 at 3 p.m.



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