Continuing with tradition, hundreds of athletes, coaches, families, and friends representing all corners of Pennsylvania travel to Johnstown, PA for Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s third-largest state-wide event, the Winter Games. During the course of the event, more than 300 athletes and 150 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.
Winter Games were held from February 9 - 11, 2014 in Johnstown, PA.
View Our 2014 Winter Games Press Release
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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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
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.”
2014 Winter Games Major Event Sponsors
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Marquette Savings Bank
The Jack Buncher Foundation
John E. and Sue M. Jackson Charitable Trust
Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
Whalley Charitable Trust
Donald B. & Dorthy L. Stabler Foundation
David & Marjorie Rosenberg Foundation