2011 Special Olympics Summer Games

Last month, some 7,500 athletes from 185 countries gathered in Athens, Greece, to compete in 22 sports in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. These athletes, individuals with intellectual disabilities, vied for medals in events ranging from judo and powerlifting to badminton and bocce. The Special Olympics organization coordinates the games, inviting competitors to participate and be celebrated for their accomplishments. From the organization's website: "It's often the first time that our athletes have truly taken center stage and been recognized as individuals." This year's event started with a lavish opening ceremony on June 25 and wrapped up on July 4. Collected here are some glimpses from the events of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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