10 Inspiring Photos From the Special Olympics Winter Games

Here’s a look at ten breathtaking pictures from the ongoing Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria.

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The Indian contingent enters the Planai Stadium during the opening ceremony. (Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)

A total of 89 athletes have gone to Austria to represent Bharat (India participates in the mega event under this name) at the Special Olympics Winter Games, which began on 19 March.

The Indians are participating in Alpine skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing, figure skating, speed skating, floor hockey, floor ball (and unified floor ball), at the mega event.

Bharat has clinched 18 medals (6 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze) in the tournament so far. The tournament will go on till Friday and the closing ceremony will take place on Sunday.

India’s first gold medal in this competition was clinched by Megha from Himachal Pradesh. She clocked 1 minute and 3.11 seconds in Alpine skiing and won the event.

The athlete, with a hearing and speech disorder, was also the torch bearer at the Opening Ceremony, held on 18 March at the Planai Stadium in Schladming, Austria.

Here’s a look at ten awesome pictures from the Games.

Jason Mraz and Grace VanderWaal Perform During the Opening Ceremony

(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

Indians Make Their Entry at the Opening Ceremony

(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)

Megha From Himachal Carries the Torch

(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

Tannu Performs in the Figure Skating Event

(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)

Shamsher Singh Competes in Snowshoeing Event



(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

Fireworks at the Opening Ceremony



(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

Performers Rock in Austria

(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)

Rupali Jha Reacts During a Floor Hockey Match



(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

Sarita Routary Takes Part in Floor Hockey For India

(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

The Planai Stadium Turns Blue During the Opening Ceremony

(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)
(Photo: Tristan Shu/ESPN Images)

*Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 – will feature each night at 6 pm from Tuesday, 21 March through Saturday, 25 March on SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD channels.

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