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Continuing with tradition, hundreds of athletes, coaches, families, and friends representing all corners of Pennsylvania participate in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s third-largest state-wide event, the Winter Games.  During the course of the event, more than 350 athletes and 170 coaches participate in three days of exciting winter sports – competing in alpine and cross-country skiing, figure and speed skating, snowshoeing and individual skills events.  Weeks of hard work and dedication in training is rewarded as athletes are cheered on and supported during competition by more than 1,500 enthusiastic volunteers.

This event requires volunteers from around the state to serve as officials, athlete escorts, award presenters, and in various other ways. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.  For more information, or to volunteer, contact Mike Ermer at 1-800-233-5161 x 243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or, view our Winter Games flyer and event press release.


Winter Games will be held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA and in Johnstown, PA from February 8 - 10, 2015.


2015 Winter Games Master Schedule of Events

2015 Winter Games HOD Handbook


 2015 Winter Games Sponsors

Winter Games 2015 tshirt BACK FINAL


2014 Winter Games Recap

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Winter Games 2014 returned to the Johnstown area for the 13th consecutive year and featured competition in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, speed skating and figure skating. Approximately 340 athletes and 135 coaches participated in this year’s event.

Pictured above, Special Olympics PA – Blair County speed skater Jennifer McCahan (at center) lights the ceremonial torch for the Games during Opening Ceremonies in downtown Johnstown’s Central Park. Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust and Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan stand beside her. Photo Credit: Eric Kieta, Daily American

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Check Out Our Event News Coverage

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

For Special Olympians, grace on the ice proves it's all about the skating (w/Photos)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Snow sports: These Olympic Games are special

6 WJAC - Official Winter Games Media Partner

Special Olympics kicked off Sunday

Special Olympics getting ready to start

Daily American

Special Olympics Winter Games

Special Olympics games begin Monday in Johnstown

Special Olympics Winter Games to be held early next week

Johnstown welcomes the 2014 Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Winter Games

The Tribune Democrat - Official Winter Games Media Sponsor

Going for Gold: Skiers take to the slopes

Snowshoers snowball

Shining moments: Dreams come true for Special Olympians

Special Olympics racers take off

Special Olympics opening ceremony goes on despite snowstorm

We welcome Special Olympians | Opening ceremonies tonight in Central Park

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Special Olympics PA - Allegheny County athlete Bobby Walsh practices his routine while his coach, Renee Sullivan, looks on. Photo Credit: Steph Chambers, Tribune Review.

2014 Winter Games Sheetz Spirit Award

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The Winter Games Sheetz Spirit Award acknowledges the outstanding energy, determination and enthusiasm that it takes for an athlete to get to Winter Games. This year’s award was presented to Kristin Ibberson from Area M.

Kristin often demonstrates what it means to be a team leader by guiding new athletes on her speed skating relay team in both technique and procedure.

For more than 15 years, she has shown perseverance and quiet determination when trying new skills -- even if they don’t seem possible. She never complains and always does her best.  According to her coach, it is always a pleasure to see her “room brightening smile.”