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50 inspiring photos from the Special Olympics

  • 50 inspiring photos from the Special Olympics
    1/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    50 inspiring photos from the Special Olympics

    In 1968, President John F. Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s campaigns to destigmatize mental illness and push for disability rights ultimately culminated in the world’s first International Special Olympics Games, which were played out at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Exactly half a century later, the Special Olympics still celebrates the athletic prowess and the innate human beauty of people with disabilities from all over the world, all the while seeking to inspire young people in the hopes of fostering a more informed, inclusive next generation.

    In honor of Seattle’s upcoming 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, Stacker put together a collection of 50 inspiring photos from the official Special Olympics press room capturing some of the most amazing live action moments the games have to offer. Seeing some of these remarkable athletes doing their thing not only serves to shift perspectives about the capabilities of those with disabilities, but can also inspire all people to go out and conquer their own obstacles. Read on to have your heart warmed by some of the most remarkable athletes in the world living out their dreams on the biggest stage possible.

  • Snowshoeing
    2/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing

  • Floor Hockey
    3/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Floor Hockey

    Floor Hockey

  • Stick Shooting
    4/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Stick Shooting

    Stick Shooting

  • Alpine Skiing
    5/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Alpine Skiing

    Alpine Skiing

  • Short Track Speed Skating
    6/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Short Track Speed Skating

    Short Track Speed Skating

  • Snowboarding
    7/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Snowboarding

    Snowboarding

  • Figure Skating
    8/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Figure Skating

    Figure Skating

  • Cross Country Skiing
    9/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Cross Country Skiing

    Cross Country Skiing

  • Snowshoeing
    10/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing

  • Figure Skating
    11/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Figure Skating

    Figure Skating

  • Basketball
    12/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Basketball

    Basketball

  • Swimming
    13/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Swimming

    Swimming

  • Artistic Gymnastics
    14/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Artistic Gymnastics

    Artistic Gymnastics

  • Swimming
    15/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Swimming

    Swimming

  • Powerlifting
    16/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Powerlifting

    Powerlifting

  • Athletics
    17/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Athletics

    Athletics

  • Figure Skating
    18/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Figure Skating

    Figure Skating

  • Football
    19/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Football

    Football

  • Figure Skating
    20/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Figure Skating

    Figure Skating

  • Athletics
    21/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Athletics

    Athletics

  • Basketball
    22/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Basketball

    Basketball

  • High Jump
    23/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    High Jump

    High Jump

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
    24/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Rhythmic Gymnastics

    Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Kayaking
    25/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Kayaking

    Kayaking

  • Floor Hockey
    26/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Floor Hockey

    Floor Hockey

  • Swimming
    27/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Swimming

    Swimming

  • Artistic Gymnastics
    28/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Artistic Gymnastics

    Artistic Gymnastics

  • Handball
    29/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Handball

    Handball

  • Volleyball
    30/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Volleyball

    Volleyball

  • Athletics
    31/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Athletics

    Athletics

  • Artistic Gymnastics
    32/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Artistic Gymnastics

    Artistic Gymnastics

  • Athletics
    33/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Athletics

    Athletics

  • Badminton
    34/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Badminton

    Badminton

  • Equestrian
    35/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Equestrian

    Equestrian

  • Roller Skating
    36/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Roller Skating

    Roller Skating

  • Tennis
    37/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Tennis

    Tennis

  • Cycling
    38/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Cycling

    Cycling

  • Powerlifting
    39/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Powerlifting

    Powerlifting

  • Kayaking
    40/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Kayaking

    Kayaking

  • Triathlon
    41/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Triathlon

    Triathlon

  • Floor Hockey
    42/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Floor Hockey

    Floor Hockey

  • Alpine Skiing
    43/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Alpine Skiing

    Alpine Skiing

  • Softball
    44/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Softball

    Softball

  • Sailing
    45/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Sailing

    Sailing

  • Stick Shooting
    46/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Stick Shooting

    Stick Shooting

  • Golf
    47/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Golf

    Golf

  • Bocce
    48/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Bocce

    Bocce

  • Shotput
    49/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Shotput

    Shotput

  • Long jump
    50/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Long jump

    Long jump

  • Artistic Gymnastics
    51/ Special Olympics International // Flickr

    Artistic Gymnastics

    Artistic Gymnastics

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