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Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Dubuque (KWWL) -- The Special Olympics Iowa State Winter Games kicked off at the Grand River Center in Dubuque with speeches from local and games officials. Around 400 athletes from all over the state of Iowa are participating in five different events for this year's games.

After introductions and speeches --the main event: a flame lighting ceremony with the help of the Dubuque Fire Department.

Special Olympics Iowa officials say the games give everyone the chance to compete in a friendly, supportive environment.

"It gives them a chance to get out and show what they can do. I think that's really what Special Olympics is about. It's showing that our athletes can accomplish all sorts of wonderful things and they can achieve goals just like anybody else, and can be anything they want to be," Special Olympics Iowa President and CEO Mark Reed said.

Competition started Monday morning and runs through Wednesday afternoon with events including skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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