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Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 on ESPN2: Tuesday, March 21

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  • Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi Host Nightly Coverage at 6 p.m. ET
  • ESPN.com coverage continues with powerful stories
  • First-ever LIVE streaming coverage in U.S.
  • ESPN Images photographers capturing the World Winter Games

ESPN’s global coverage of the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2017, began with live coverage of the Games’ Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 18.

Coverage continues every night this week at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 with Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017. Hosted by ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi, the program originates on site in Austria and includes interviews, features, special guests, a daily “competition showcase” segment and contributions from ESPN’s Jen Lada, Victoria Arlen and Marty Smith, as well as ESPN contributor and Special Olympics Global Messenger, Dustin Plunkett.

On tonight’s show:

  • Snowshoer Kenneth Meneses Ramirez grew up in rural Costa Rica with limited resources available to help him with his disability, but his strong internal desire to compete has led him to the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
  • Skiing in the Sunshine State: For this three-person Special Olympics ski team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the sandy beach is their practice hill.
  • Competition Showcase from Alpine events with Brandon Graham, Luke Van Valen and Victoria Arlen.


ICYMI
: For those that missed Monday’s show, highlights included:

  • Kenya’s only competitor in the Special Olympics World Games in Austria may have the odds stacked against them, but they are full of determination and ready to compete. Watch
  • Gibraltar’s Samuel Santos has had quite an incredible journey on his way to the Special Olympics World Games in Austria. Watch
    • Santos finishes with a time of 1:00:36 to win the silver medal in the alpine skiing super-G finals at the Special Olympics World Games. Watch
  • Special Olympics athlete and X Games Competitor Daina Shilts is in her comfort zone when she’s on her snowboard in the mountains. Watch
     

ESPN DIGITAL FEATURES & COVERAGE
ESPN’s global digital platforms – the world’s leading portfolio of digital sports properties in the world, including local editions of ESPN.com and the ESPN App, streaming platforms and more –is offering extensive coverage throughout the World Winter Games.

With news, long-form feature storytelling, video, blogs from athletes, coaches and volunteers, photo galleries and more, ESPN examines the people and topics of the Special Olympics movement.

Among the highlighted coverage today, is:

  • Shubham Shokeen’s Blades of Courage – Born with a hole in his heart and diagnosed with learning disabilities, 14-year-old Shubham Shokeen is determined to overcome the odds and win ice skating gold at the Special Olympcs in Graz Watch
  • Like most athletes, British alpine skier James Millard is in Austria to win. In fact, he has trained for more than five years to do just that. But the inspiration goes beyond taking home a medal. Watch
  • Fifteen-year-old Faith Schroeder has a role model who has inspired people to push themselves and to love what they do. This role model is her aunt, Special Olympics snowboarder Daina Shilts. Watch

LIVE streaming coverage in U.S. on WatchESPN and ESPN App
In the U.S., ESPN added its first-ever live streaming coverage of Special Olympics World Winter Games when it presented the Giant Slalom races from both Snowboarding and Skiing this morning. On Thursday, ESPN will stream live coverage from the Snowboarding and Skiing Slalom events in Schladming, Austria at Hochwurzen Mountain.

Thursday, March 23, 4-10 a.m. ET
Advanced Division Slalom Snowboarding (8-10 a.m. ET)
Advanced and Intermediate Divisions Slalom Skiing (4-9 a.m. ET)
Watch

PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE
ESPN Images is capturing photos from around the Special Olympics World Games throughout the week, including the below. The full collection of ESPN Images photos from the event, available for use, can be found here: http://bit.ly/2nze2to

 

U.S. TV SCHEDULE:  Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria


Day/Date

Program

Time (ET)

Network
Tue, Mar 21 Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 6-7 p.m. ESPN2
Wed, Mar 22 Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 6-7 p.m. ESPN2
Thu, Mar 23 Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 6-7 p.m. ESPN2
Fri, Mar 24 Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 6-7 p.m. ESPN2
Sun, Mar 26 Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 – Best of the Games 2-3 p.m. ABC

NOTE:   All shows will also be simulcast on the ESPN App and WatchESPN

CONTACT:
ESPN:  Paul Melvin   +1 860 766 5069 or paul.melvin@espn.com
              Teri Couch    +1 860 766 4696 or teri.couch@espn.com

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD WINTER GAMES AUSTRIA 2017
Every two years, Special Olympics holds its flagship event, the World Games, demonstrating sports excellence, which promotes equality, respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Transcending the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion, the world will come together to celebrate inclusion around the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming-Rohrmoos and Ramsau, Austria 14 March – 25 March 2017. More than 2,700 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 107 countries, along with 10,000 volunteers and thousands more spectators, will participate in and watch exciting sports and community events. This is the second time Austria has hosted the World Winter Games, having also staged the event in 1993. Sports featured are Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floorball, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Stick Shooting. For more information on the 2017 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.austria2017.org and on social on Facebook, and Twitter.

ESPN AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS
ESPN is proud of its relationship with Special Olympics, which spans more than 31 years and over the past three years, ESPN has continued to deepen its relationship with the Special Olympics movement.

Earlier this year, ESPN and Special Olympics committed to continuing their alliance to use the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance by reaching two agreements:  an extension, and expansion, of ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports® and a new, three-year global programming agreement.

The new $1.5 million grant supports Special Olympics Unified Sports, as well as other initiatives, and extends and expands a role ESPN has held since 2013. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Special Olympics Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. With support from ESPN and others, Special Olympics has grown this innovative and inclusive program to more than 1.2 million participants. As part of the continued support of Unified Sports, ESPN will invest in Special Olympics’ goal to build Unified Sports programming and resources in 10,000 schools by 2020 and ensuring 100,000 coaches receive new/renewed sports certifications by 2020.

ESPN’s global Special Olympics programming agreement means ESPN is not only an Official Broadcaster of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, but also the Official Broadcaster of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, and the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. ESPN is also adding more news and feature coverage of other Special Olympics events, athletes and stories over the course of the three-year agreement

ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use the power of sport to positively address society’s most pressing needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship 

 

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