MARQUETTE - The 26th annual Winter Games for Special Olympians kicked off Friday with downhill skiing competition at Marquette Mountain Ski Area.
Official opening ceremonies were set to begin at 9 a.m. today at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome with a parade that will include units from NMU ROTC; Knights of Columbus Honor Guard; State Farm Insurance agents; U.S. Olympic Education Center members; NMU football, hockey, soccer, volleyball and women's track teams; area high school cheerleaders; and Special Olympic athletes from across the U.P.
The ceremonies conclude at 9:40 a.m. and are followed by today's competitions, which will include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and physical fitness events.
Sam Bradbury of Marquette makes his way through the gates on the giant slalom course at Marquette Mountain on Friday during the Special Olympics skiing competition. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
About 140 athletes from across the Upper Peninsula are expected to attend and compete in a variety of sports during the two-day event.