PYEONCHANG, South Korea – The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games drew to a conclusion Tuesday evening, after the eight day event brought tears of joy to participants, family members and spectators alike.
Under the slogan Together we can,, over 3,000 disabled athletes from over 100 countries participated in eight events, including alpine skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and speed skating and short track.
Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who attended the opening ceremonies, stated that the games were not to celebrate sports but ‘the supremacy of the human spirit over everything else’ according to AFP.
My dream is very simple. I’d like my country to be able to contribute towards something that will change the world into a better place. I want to give my people an opportunity to prove that they can give to the world, she also noted.
Though individual medals were given for the top three finishes, country totals were not counted.
The closing ceremonies were also highlighted by a performance from 2010 Vancouver Gold Medalist Kim Yu-na and skating legend Michelle Kwon.