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50 Days to Go!
Austria is ready and it's just 50 days to go until 3,000 athletes from 117 countries join them for the Special Olympics World Winter Games! Team Australia are counting down the days as they receive their uniforms and keep up their training ahead of competition. Check out all the details below.
Just 50 days until the Special Olympics
World Winter Games get underway in Austria!
Craig Muhlbock in action at the X Games Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding event in Aspen, Colorado. Photo: Peter Muhlbock | Special Olympics Australia.
Team Australia athletes have started to receive their uniforms they will proudly wear in Austria. Photo: Special Olympics Australia.
Craig Muhlbock and his unified partner Scotty James receive their bronze medal for the Unified Snowboarding event. 
Photo: Special Olympics Inc.
X Games Unified Snowboarding
In the early hours of this morning, Team Australia snowboarder Craig Muhlbock was tearing up the slopes of Aspen, Colorado as part of the the X Games Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding event.
 
Craig teamed up with his unified partner, two-time Australian Olympic snowboarder Scotty James, to take out bronze.
 
In it's third year, the Unified Snowboarding event saw eight Special Olympics athletes from around the world team up with X Games competitors. The event was broadcast on ESPN, media partner of the World Winter Games.
 
 
Team Australia Uniforms
Our athletes will stand out on the slopes in their bright blue training and competition gear as across Australia the team excitedly recieve their official uniforms.
 
A special thanks to Pure Brandz for their support with our ski and snowboarding gear, Electric for their donation of Ski Goggles and Phoenix Leisure Group with luggage bags and backpacks.
Torch Run Final Leg
Our skiers and snowboarders aren't the only ones representing Australia at the Games. Andrew Negrelli from Melbourne Southern will head over to Austria as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.
 
The Flame of Hope will be carried through cities, towns and communities across Austria before arriving at the WM-Stadium Planai in Schladming as part of the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics World Winter Games on Saturday 18 March 2017.
 
Find out more at www.letr-finalleg.org/.
 
Training Camp
We may only be 50 days away from competition, but preparation for Team Australia began many months ago with a training camp at Perisher Valley in NSW.
 
From 14-19 August 2016 our 12 athletes and 5 volunteer officials took to the snow fields for a week of training and teambuilding. The team trained on FIS international standard Slalom and Super Giant Slalom courses as part of the Disabled Wintersports Australia Race Week.
 
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