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Iowa Winter Games bring thousands to Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

More than 2,000 athletes and their family members visited Dubuque this weekend for the 20th annual Iowa Winter Games.

This year, athletes from 72 of Iowa's 99 counties are participating. Overall, there are 27 sports overall spanning five weekends.

This weekend in Dubuque, however, was the main weekend, and there were 12 sports.

Sunday afternoon, Sylvia Nimrick watched her daughter, high school junior Hannah Nimrick, play volleyball with her team, the Stars and Spikes.

The team has athletes from the Quad Cities area and beyond.

"A girl from Clinton, a girl from Dubuque, a girl from Maquoketa," Sylvia Nimrick listed.

The team is used to playing at high levels of competition. Compared to a regular tournament, however, the Iowa Winter Games add an element of surprise.

"We have to just learn how people play during the game. You can't really scout them out because we don't know who's going to be here," Hannah Nimrick said. "We haven't seen any of these teams before, so it's really fun to play someone we don't know."

The games aren't just for high school-aged athletes.

Cory Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Iowa Winter Games, said, "This year, we have athletes ranging from four all the way up to 91, so it's a great way for people to get out and get active."

The variety of sports has quite a range, too.

"We offer adult basketball, we offer horseshoes and table tennis. We offer martial arts," Kennedy said. "We have a lot of unique sports, as well as your typical sports, like basketball and volleyball and ice hockey and skiing."

Over the course of five weekends, a lot of athletes get to compete.

"With our five weekends of sports, we're looking at pushing 4,000 athletes for the third year in a row, so that's good for us to keep those numbers up," Kennedy said.

Events will continue in weekends throughout February and throughout the state.

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