TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Special Olympic Summer Games are well underway.
This was the second day for the competitions held at Indiana State University’s campus.
Katie Crawford is one of 2,500 athletes whose hard work and preparation was put into action.
She has been cycling for more than twenty years.
“It seems like I’ve been cycling forever,” she said.
Cycling is not just a hobby but a sport in which she has found her passion.
“I love travelling with my teammates, being able to meet new friends, and do my best like my dad always tells me,” said Crawford.
Doing her best is what landed her in the Special Olympics for the fifth time, but reaching her goal requires year-round practice.
“It’s a lot of training. We train everyday we can, even if it rains we try to ride a little bit in the rain,” said Crawford.
The athletes’ cycle up to 25 miles a week, it’s a dedication Crawford’s coach can attest to.
“They’ve been building up strength in their legs, building up their lower body and their core so that they can pedal faster,” said Jim Gunn, a Coach for the Special Olympics.
The perseverance pays off as the gold medal is placed around Katie’s neck.
“I’m excited as I ever could be being able to travel with my friends. I just go out and do the best I can, make my dad proud, my mom proud, and just do the best I can,” she said.
Proud they are, as Katie is one of four team members who will compete in Nationals.
Indiana State University has hosted the Special Olympics for more than forty years.
There are also events taking place at Rose-Hulman.
Closing ceremonies will be held tonight starting at 8 p.m. and the games will wrap up tomorrow.