SONC athletes gather
More than 100 athletes from North Carolina and Virginia competed in the games, held at Appalachian Ski Mountain.
Events included an opening ceremony that featured the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” a convocation given by the Rev. Marion Swann, the oaths for officials, coaches and athletes, and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron.
Special Olympian T’juana James, a skier in the Winter Games and weightlifter in the Summer Games, lit the official cauldron with a torch handed to her by law enforcement officers from Appalachian State University, Boone Police Department and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from Watauga Rescue.
Athletes engaged in practice runs and received downhill instruction from members of Appalachian Ski Mountain’s French-Swiss Ski College.