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India won 73 medals in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Mar 27, 2017 17:03 IST

India’s special athletes won 73 medals in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The games were held between 18 March and 25 March 2017 in Austria.

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India’s performance in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

• India dominated in three team events - Floor Hockey (male), Unified Floorball and Traditional Floorball.

• Cumulatively, Indian athletes won 30 medals in these three games, which was also the highest tally in a single day. Along with this, the special women team also won 16 bronze medals.

• An important gold medal came in the Unified Floorball (Male) event, where India defeated Nigeria, while the Floor Hockey team crushed Lithuania 7-2.

• At the end of the tournament, India took its tally to 73 medals by winning 8-0 against Austria.

• India also won 10 medals in Alpine skiing, including 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.

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• The snowboarding team bagged 8 medals that included 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

• 5 more medals came in Snow Shoeing and 4 medals were won in Speed and figure skating.

• In the process, Himachal’s Megha became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the games.

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About 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

• It included seven disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey and Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball).

• It witnessed 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries competing with each other.

• The games were held in four cities of Austria, namely, Graz, Schladming, Styria and Ramsau.

• While the opening ceremony was held at Planai Stadium in Schladming, the closing ceremony was held at Merkur Arena in Graz.

• Besides the competitions, the event included culture and art programs, health programs, symposia and congresses.

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