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Mother-daughter team bound for Special Olympics World Games

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Dubuque (KWWL) -- The Special Olympics Iowa State Winter Games are going on in Dubuque this week. Five of the athletes there will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games held in Boise, Idaho next month.

Two athletes, a mother-daughter skating pair, from Iowa City are on Team USA and competed in the Iowa State Winter Games Monday.

42 year old Sonia Bellile has been to the state winter games multiple times, starting out in cross-country and alpine skiing, before trying skating almost ten years ago. Sonia skates solo sometimes including in the state games, but for Team USA, it's team mother/daughter.

"I'm doing fabulous," Belille said.

"She feels fabulous, and she feels fabulous on the skating rink!" mother Elke Nelson said.

Nelson started skating nine years ago: at 59 years old.

"First of all, I like skating as much as she does. Second, I like the idea of unified. This is unified pair skating. You take a non Special Olympian and a Special Olympian together," Nelson said. "It makes me go through the same emotions that she goes through, and maybe not for myself only, but for her."

After competition, Belille gets a gold for solo skating, and a gold for pairs skating

Belille and Nelson have already started training for the World Games in Colorado, and they'll be leaving for Boise, Idaho soon to compete in the World Games.

The State Winter Games wraps up in Dubuque on Wednesday afternoon.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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