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Special Olympics Ohio Athlete Had Amazing Austrian Adventure At The 2017 World Winter Games!
Special Olympics Ohio is proud to announce that Sharita Taylor brought home a bronze medal and a sixth place ribbon as part of the Special Olympics USA delegation to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Taylor, of Cleveland, was the only athlete from Ohio on the Special Olympics USA delegation. She competed in Figure Skating and Ice Dancing and her twin sister Shaye, brother Joey, and parents Diane and Gary were also in Austria to cheer her on and show their support.
While in Austria for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Sharita and Shaye were featured in a nationally televised interview and even got the attention of one of their favorite pro athletes on Twitter.
It was a truly unforgettable trip!
But this journey began several years ago: Sharita has ice skated since she was four years old. She and her sister Shaye have always trained together and both began competing in Special Olympics figure skating when they turned eight years of age. Even though she and Shaye are often opponents in competition, they never let their competitive spirits affect their bond off of the ice.
When Sharita is not skating she has a very busy schedule. She is a UCP of Greater Cleveland contract employee in the statement prep and image retrieval department at PNC Bank’s Cleveland Processing Center. Sharita and Shaye are accomplished musicians and perform together at several community, church, and local events. The Taylor sisters have sung the national anthem at the Special Olympics Ohio State Summer and Winter Games as well as at Cleveland Indians games and several other events around the Greater Cleveland area. Sharita also plays the violin, likes to draw, and is in the process of writing a fictional novel. She is a Star Wars buff and has a blog to answer questions about the movie franchise.
Approximately 2,600 athletes from 106 nations competed in 9 Olympic-type sports at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games: Floorball, Floor Hockey, Stick Shooting, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing. The Games were held in Schladming and various other sites in Austria March 18-25, 2017. Special Olympics USA is the national team that represents the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games. The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates.
Congratulations to Sharita and all of the athletes who competed in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games!