O'Neil captures bronze on the world Special Olympics stage

Posted March 21, 2017

While watching ESPN this Sunday afternoon, be prepared to see a familiar face among the sea of athletes participating in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games-Santa Clara Police Department Assistant Chief Dan Winter.

Against the rain, the opening ceremony became a spectacular show at the small town Schladming of the Styria state, as the stadium was turned into a visual dream land for the audience in the celebration of life and happiness.

The Special Olympics State Championships will happen March 17 through 19.

She's earned several medals, including gold, both in the World Winter Games and X-Games throughout her career.

There was bowling, basketball, swimming and a host of other sports, including cross country skiing.

Madison Englund is at the top of her game.

However, the team made a comeback in the two games between Bangladesh and South Korea before falling to China. The only stipulation was she had to attend the camp without her family.

"It's a mix of emotions", she said Friday, sitting near her luggage, crammed full of uniforms, jackets, boots and hats. She said, "I will do my best". "I'm excited to meet a lot of new people". Lisa Bird, a spokeswoman for Special Olympics Maine, confirmed Houk's victory at the games that bring together more than 2,600 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 106 countries.

"It's really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", her dad said. She has the hardware to prove it too: she has dozens of medals from various competitions and a wall in her study is covered in plaques for each of the years she's been involved with her Skihawks Racing team.