Over 3,000 athletes with an intellectual disability from 117 nations will compete across nine wintersports disciplines: Alpine skiing, figure skating, floor ball, floor hockey, Nordic skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, speed skating and stick shooting, with floor hockey and floor ball.
Australia has 12 athletes who will compete across two disciplines: Alpine skiing and snowboarding. They will be supported by five volunteer officials and cheered on by a small group of families and supporters at the Games and many more at home via social media.
This will be only the second-time that Australian athletes have competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games. At the last Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea in 2013 our team of five athletes returned home with an extraordinary 13 medals: 3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze.
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