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Plenty of Aussie spirit and determination was on show as all 12 Team Australia athletes hit the snow for the finals of the Giant Slalom events. There were some phenomenal efforts on show, including plenty more medals and ribbons. Check out all the details below.
Alex Cherny, Team Australia's youngest member, all smiles after receieving his 4th place ribbon. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Snowboarder David Campion celebrates after his silver medal run in the Giant Slalom. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Sara Molloy (left) shows off her silver medal with teammate Amanda Kozik. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
The Healthy Athletes program in action in Austria.
Photo: Special Olympics World Games.
Medal Rush
On Wednesday morning, all 12 Team Australia members were on the snow fields of Schladming for the finals of the Alpine skiing and Snowboarding Giant Slalom events. There were plenty of tricks and skills on show as everyone delivered an outstanding performance. Here are the results:
 
Alpine skiing Giant Slalom
Ben Pearce, 4th
Amanda Kozik, Bronze
Brenton Heslehurst, Gold
Shaun McKee, 4th
Luke Forster, Silver
Sara Molloy, Silver
Olivia Sayers, 4th
Alex Cherny, 4th
Perrin Richardson, 5th
Kristian Sandercoe, 4th
 
Snowboarding Giant Slalom
Craig Muhlbock, 5th
David Campion, Silver
 
Click here for photos of competition
Click here for photos of medal presentations
 
The Giant Slalom is more of a technical event than the Super G with the poles placed closer together. Each participant has two runs, with their combined times determined as their overall result.
 
For many of the team that concludes their competition. Perrin, Amanda and David are still to compete in the Slalom events, with divisioning today and finals tomorrow. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the action.
Healthy Athletes
The 2017 World Winter Games marks 20 years of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, the largest public health program for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
 
The program sees athletes, accompanied by coaches and family members, receive a free health examination and health education from professionals trained to work with people with intellectual disabilities.
 
The disciplines that athletes get screened in include: Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, and Strong Minds – a discipline piloted for the first time at the these Games.
 
Over the course of the Games, Healthy Athletes volunteers will screen 2,600 athletes from 105 countries. Click here for photos from Healthy Athletes
 
In addition to Healthy Athletes, the Games includes a Young Athletes demonstration and Unified Sports experiences.
 
Eurosport Coverage
We are pleased to share that broadcaster Eurosport have come on board to cover the Games. The leading global broadcaster, which can be found on Foxtel channel 511, will air a dedicated news feature package at the following times:
 
Thursday 23 March, 8:40pm
Saturday 25 March, 9:55pm
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Special Olympics Australia
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