LANGDON, N.H. – The Special Olympic Upper Valley Regional Games were held Jan. 26 at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, N.H. It was a gorgeous winter day with temperatures in the teens and the sun shining. The Fall Mountain Special Olympic team brought four snowshoe racers, four alpine skiers, and three snowboarders to the games.
Special Olympics is designed to put athletes in competition based on skill level. It is not age based like many sports so it is not unusual to see a variety of age groups competing together. The FMSO team has weekly practices and reports their times to Special Olympics of New Hampshire who then places the athletes in their corresponding divisions.
The snowboarders had a fantastic day with Bonnie Kyle taking third and second, James Morse taking home two fourth place finishes, and Kyle Simpson finishing up first in his two events.
As for the alpine skiers, Patrick Cannon took home two second place finishes, Rachel Maxim finished with two second place finishes, and Mariah Pratt had a stellar day with two first place finishes.
The snowshoe racers ran three events each. Sean Anderson finished first in the 50-meter, and second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races. Jacob Barboza took third in the 50-meter, fourth in the 100-meter and third in the 200-meter. Dalton Hutchinson finished first in the 50-meter and third in both the 100-meter and 200-meter. Olivia Rounds completes the team with a third place in the 25-meter and 50-meter races and a blazing second place in the 100-meter.
The next competition for the FMSO team is the Vermont State Games being held at Pico Mountain March 17-19.