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British Special Olympics team wins record medal haul

The Special Olympics Great Britain team has won a record 13 medals – including 6 golds – at the World Winter Games in South Korea.

The team, which comprised 7 skiers, also won 4 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Games, held in PyeongChang from January 26 – February 6. More than 100 nations participated in the event, with 2,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities taking part.

The individual skier results were:
• Elizabeth Allen from Llanelli won 2 gold and 1 silver medal
• Jane Andrews from Tunbridge Wells won 2 gold medals
• Robert Holden from Rossendale won 1 gold and 2 silver medals
• Clare Lines from Redditch won 2 bronze medals
• Wayne McCarthy from Biggin Hill took home 1 gold and 1 silver medal
• Luke Purdie from Aberdeen won 4th, 7th and 8th place ribbons
• Mikael Undrom from Cobham won 1 bronze medal.

These 7 competitors were chosen from 73 skiers with learning disabilities who qualified at Special Olympics GB’s National Alpine Ski Championships in Pila, Italy, last year.

Special Olympics GB’s CEO, Karen Wallin, said: “I would like to thank our 7 skiers for representing Great Britain in South Korea at the World Winter Games with such pride, passion and honour.

“This is a fantastic number of medals and each one of our skiers performed at their very own personal best.”

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