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Twins Take Bronze

July 26, 2010

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Photo and Story by Chelsey Wahlstrom University of Nebraska LincolnEmily

For Erin and , softball is a family affair. At age 28 the identical twins from Sioux Falls, South Dakota won the bronze medal in Division 3 softball at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. For Erin and Emily, the USA National Gamers were a first. In 1999, both traveled to North Carolina for the World Games.

“That was an incredible experience for them,” father Pat Gustaf said of the World Games, “So we were really looking forward to this knowing that this would be equally as incredible.”

The South Dakota softball team comes from all four corners of the state and had never played together as a team before the Games.

“The athletes are just playing great as a team. It’s been one big family,” Coach Todd Bradwisch said.

Alternating the right fielder position, the Gustaf sisters say they work well together.

“We get along and if we don’t then we just stick it out,” Erin said.

“Erin and Emily are magnificent. They are identical twins but they’re so different in personalities. One bats left and one bats right. They’re a lot of fun. I wish I had a lot more sets of twins just like them,” Bradwisch said.

The twins have been competing in the Special Olympics for 15 years in more than just softball. They have also been a part of the bowling, basketball, track and field, and swimming teams.



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Praise for USA National Games volunteers

July 23, 2010

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Basketball takes the court on Thursday

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The Minnesota basketball team huddles together after a win against Delaware at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Minnesota players demonstrated sportsmanship after each game by chanting their opponent’s name as they broke their huddle.

Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Minnesota basketball players watch their teammates on Thursday at Lincoln Southeast High School.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Delaware basketball player walks off the court during his team’s game against Minnesota.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The Wisconsin team congratulates Missouri Blue on its win on Thursday. Missouri will play for gold Friday at 1 p.m.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Missouri Blue player takes a free throw in his team’s win against Wisconsin.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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An Illinois basketball player looks for a teammate to pass to during the game against Indiana at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Missouri and Wisconsin basketball players fight for the rebound.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Kansas basketball player shows tough defense against a South Dakota shooter on Thursday.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Kansas basketball player celebrates his team’s win against South Dakota, which set up Kansas to play Friday for gold.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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South Dakota runner takes the gold

July 22, 2010

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Special Olympics athlete Josh Johnson of South Dakota won his first gold medal on Wednesday after completing the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01:32.

Photo by: Alanna Nunn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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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
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Arizona
Photo by Dora Lopez
Arkansas
Photo by Dora Lopez
California
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Colorado
Photo by Andrea Evers
Connecticut
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District of Columbia
Photo by Dora Lopez
Deleware
Photo by Emily Sallach
Florida
Photo by Emily Sallach
Georgia
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Idaho
Photo by Emily Sallach
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
Photo by Andrea Evers
Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Missouri
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Montana
Photo by Emily Sallach
Nebraska
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Nevada
Photo by Emily Sallach
New Hampshire
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New Jersey
Photo by Emily Sallach
New Mexico
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New York
Photo by Andrea Evers
North Carolina
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North Dakota
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Ohio
Photo by Dora Lopez
Oklahoma
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Oregon
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Pennsylvania
Photo by Emily Sallach
Rhode Island
Photo by Emily Sallach
South Carolina
Photo by Emily Sallach
South Dakota
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Tennessee
Photo by Dora Lopez
Texas
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Utah
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Vermont
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Virginia
Photo by Emily Sallach
Washington
Photo by Andrea Evers
West Virginia
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Wisconsin
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Wyoming
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Runners kick off on day one of Games

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Matthew Bosch, Josue Riches and Kristy Coughlin claim the first gold medals in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.



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South Dakota quashes South Carolina at Games

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Photo by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

South Carolina player John Sadler, 19, of Gaston, South Carolina, shoots the ball under pressure from South Dakota players. South Dakota won the game 31 to 29.

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Photo by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

South Carolina player David Cook, 23, of West Columbia, South Carolina, cheers on his teammates during the game.

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Photo by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Emily Anderson, 17, of Yankton South Dakota, and Mike Jacobson (number 25), 27, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, anxiously watch the ball roll around the rim.



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Athletes collect track and field awards

July 19, 2010

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Bronze, gold, and silver medalists for the 10K, Division 1 race. (Pictured L-R): James Holder of OK, Matt Bosch of SD, Matthew Minning of KY.
Photo: Casey Mattison, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Olympians get ready for the Games’ opening ceremonies

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Behind the scenes before the opening ceremonies

July 18, 2010

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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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