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January 25 and 26 mark the 25th anniversary of the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Winter Games. You would be hard pressed to see athletes having a better time competing than what these games demonstrate. Nearly 300 athletes converge on Wausau and the surrounding area to strive for podium finishes in the sports of downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoe racing.

More about the Games.

Nine Mile Forest, located in the town of Rib Mountain (south west of Wausau) is the venue for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and also involves the largest number of competing Special Olympians. Ages can range from 8 to 99, participating in race distances of 50 meters (Sprints) to 7.5 kilometers. Nine Mile Forest has played host for 15 years and is ideal for spectators and athletes alike. The trail system is well suited for racing, and allows for up close and personal cheering from fans and supporters. Games begin around noon both days.

The Granite Peak ski hill on Rib Mountain, will host all alpine events and is held on Saturday the 25th. The slopes of Granite peak are perfect for all Special Olympic events from slalom to Super G. Some of the athletes competing this year have been to World Games and are amazing to watch. Iíve never attended a state games that, for a winter lover, is more fun to be a part of.

Volunteering to help athletes has been one of the most rewarding things Iíve done. Thereís something just awesome about watching pure joy and sportsmanship ... and athletic skill, in these athletes.

The 25th anniversary is still in need of volunteers, so if you are interested in being a part of this fantastic event, in any sport, please contact Jerry Lyon at Tel 715-848-0550 or you can register directly at

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Steve Meurett lives, works and plays in West Central Wisconsin and spends about every free moment outdoors where his passions lie. His outdoor interests take him on and off trail, pursuing mountain biking and skinny skiing, photography and hunting, while keeping an eye on wild mushrooms and the next fruit for craft wine. Steve is the Trail Director at The Levis Mound Trail System and member of the Clark County Trails Advisory Committee. He resides, teaches and is a photographer in Neillsville. Steve can be reached at

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