All six athletes from Washington qualified to compete in a skiing event. The athletes are:
- · Zachery Nelson, Alpine Skiing, Pasco
- · Ben Green, Cross Country Skiing, Seattle
- · Heather Comer, Alpine Skiing, Spokane Valley
- · Michelle Stedman, Cross Country Skiing, Lewiston ID
- · Michelle Jay, Cross Country Skiing, Sammamish
- · David Bishop, Cross Country Skiing, Seattle
The athletes left Thursday morning for South Korea following a Special Olympics Celebration Send Off at the SeaTac airport. The Special Olympics World Winter games will feature competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speed skating, among other sports.
The Special Olympics World Games is held every two years and features athletes from more than 170 countries.