"The nine athletes and five unified partners who will not be with us will be in our hearts as the almost 2,600 athletes and unified partners from 105 nations unite the world through sport this week". Five years later, her love of cross country skiing has earned the Papillion-La Vista South graduate a trip to Austria.
Englund captured gold in the snowboarding advanced Super G event, as she topped the competition with a time of 2:07.23, which she captured during her first of two runs.
"I like being outdoors and being out in the snow", Mulligan said. "I try not to let it get to my head".
Mulligan was also invited to take part in a Special Olympics training camp in Vermont in December. "The whole family says if we bottled her enthusiasm, we'd make a fortune". "It was the first time we had been apart for that long, and it was probably more traumatic on this end". She's even been working on her German to go along with her physical preparation for the games.
"It's been years, practicing with my team".
Winter, who now serves as the State Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and sitting on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada, is one of 50 officers throughout the United States who were chosen to make the trek to Austria to take part in the Final Leg torch run team.
Fletcher said it's "very cool" that someone who has trained and raced at Nashoba took home a medal. "The crowd's behind you." said one athlete, Cheyanne West. "She is one of the most happy, joyous people that I know".
"It's a mix of emotions", she said Friday, sitting near her luggage, crammed full of uniforms, jackets, boots and hats.
"Special Olympics is a movement of welcome, opportunity and inclusion, and for these athletes to miss this chance to represent their country on a global stage of acceptance is frustrating and profoundly disappointing".