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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
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.

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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
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.

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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
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.

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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
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.

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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
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.



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Volleyball competition comes to an end

July 23, 2010

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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.

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

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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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Power lifters collect their medals at awards ceremony

July 21, 2010

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Zachary Mayer of Idaho, Eric Therkildsen of Colorado and Kenneth Taylor of South Carolina proudly display their medals at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games on Monday.

Photo: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Soccer brings smiles

July 20, 2010

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Rhode Island Unified Soccer Team members shake hands with the South Carolina team after the game on July 20, 2010, at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex.

“Today I believe our team came out and did their best. They left everything on the field,” said head coach Katie Gomes. The team is from the smallest city in the smallest state: Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Fans stand up and cheer during the unified soccer match between Rhode Island and South Carolina.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Timothy Knutson (No. 34) celebrates his goal for the Montana soccer team in a game against Utah.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Rhode Island soccer head coach Katie Gomes (center) and the rest of the team huddle before playing South Carolina.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Kandi Christophersen (No. 35) hugs her cousin after a game on July 19, 2010. Her parents, Roy and Sandy Kessler (seated right), are here in Lincoln. Kandi will be celebrating her third wedding anniversary on Wednesday with her husband and soccer teammate Bill Christophersen.

(July 19, 2010)
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Athletes show their pride at Opening Ceremony

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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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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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A twin surprise marks the USA National Games

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Parents fly to Lincoln, Neb. to support twins during 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games


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South Carolina soccer team overcomes obstacles

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Photo by Micah Rhodes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

(Above) Goalie Dominique Dotson of Team South Carolina watches on during a soccer match against Team Nebraska. Dotson and his Special Olympics teammates are deaf, and must use sign language and other special signals to communicate on the field.

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South Carolina Assistant Coach Beth Goodenough congratulates her Special Olympics athletes following one of their soccer matches. Goodenough bridges the communication gap between her athletes and the officials, doing a majority of the sign language translation.



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Bocce competition awards first medals

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Team South Carolina celebrates their bronze medal in bocce. The first medals of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games were awarded Tuesday morning.

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A member of team Nebraska competes in the morning team competition.



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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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