50 inspiring photos from the Special Olympics

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June 20, 2018
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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.

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Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

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Floor Hockey

Floor Hockey

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Stick Shooting

Stick Shooting

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Alpine Skiing

Alpine Skiing

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Short Track Speed Skating

Short Track Speed Skating

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Snowboarding

Snowboarding

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Figure Skating

Figure Skating

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Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

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Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

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Figure Skating

Figure Skating

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Basketball

Basketball

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Swimming

Swimming

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Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics

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Swimming

Swimming

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Powerlifting

Powerlifting

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Athletics

Athletics

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Figure Skating

Figure Skating

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Football

Football

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Figure Skating

Figure Skating

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Athletics

Athletics

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Basketball

Basketball

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High Jump

High Jump

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics

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Kayaking

Kayaking

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Floor Hockey

Floor Hockey

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Swimming

Swimming

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Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics

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Handball

Handball

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Volleyball

Volleyball

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Athletics

Athletics

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Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics

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Athletics

Athletics

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Badminton

Badminton

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Equestrian

Equestrian

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Roller Skating

Roller Skating

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Tennis

Tennis

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Cycling

Cycling

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Powerlifting

Powerlifting

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Kayaking

Kayaking

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Triathlon

Triathlon

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Floor Hockey

Floor Hockey

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Alpine Skiing

Alpine Skiing

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Softball

Softball

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Sailing

Sailing

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Stick Shooting

Stick Shooting

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Golf

Golf

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Bocce

Bocce

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Shotput

Shotput

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Long jump

Long jump

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Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics

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