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Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 on ESPN2: Wednesday, March 22

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  • Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi Host Nightly Coverage at 6 p.m. ET
  • com coverage continues with powerful stories
  • 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 Saturday, March 18.

Coverage continues each 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:

  • Anna McDougal, a Special Olympics skier: Around town, Amy Burchstead is known as McDougal’s sister. That’s because McDougal makes friends everywhere she goes — and she’s making an impact in the Special Olympics and arts communities.
  • Figure skater Ian Rawn, the lone representative from Texas, is living out his dreams and goals as a part of the U.S. Special Olympics team.
  • ESPN’s Chris Connelly traveled to India to meet figure skater Shinkah Rani. Her story, as well as coverage from her performance in the Ladies’ Single Skating competition in Graz.
  • Marty Smith covers Floor Hockey from Graz.

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

  • A Return for Gold: Craig Muhlbock won bronze in Unified Snowboarding at the 2017 X Games Aspen. Now the Australian is prepping for a “good battle with the guys” in Austria for gold. Watch
  • Actor Theo Rossi starred in a feature challenging all of us to look in the mirror to examine our own perceptions and prejudices. Watch
  • Gary Endecott takes his skiing very seriously and is looking forward to representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Feature and competition from Skiing Super G.  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:

  • Being Brave in the Attempt: ESPN senior writer Alyssa Roenigk learns the true meaning behind theSpecial Olympics oath by competing in the Unified Snowboarding Giant Slalom race in Austria. Watch
  • Students from a New York City Prep School Step Out of their Comfort Zone: The boys admit they didn’t know what to expect when they joined a Special Olympics Unified hockey team in New York. But that was sort of the idea. Watch
  • Joe Kaczynski’s Reason for Competing in the Austria was Simple: He wanted to race for his brother who was battling cancer. Now, the whole Kaczynski clan is cheering on Joe at the World Games. Watch


LIVE streaming coverage in U.S. on WatchESPN and ESPN App

In the U.S. on Thursday, ESPN will stream live coverage from the Slalom events for Snowboarding and Skiing 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
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 [email protected]
              Teri Couch    +1 860 766 4696 or [email protected]


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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