We have made the Walmart run and the TEAM USA clothing has all been altered. Apparently our kids with down syndrome have shorter arms than the rest of the world (I knew this) and a couple of hundred dollars later Alex's team uniforms match her arm length.
The dining room table is laid out by bag:
- Boot/Helmet bag
- Ski/Poles bag
- Carry-on backpack
- Carry-on duffle
- Large rolling duffle
The Special Olympics has done a great job of communicating as has our State Office. All of my questions have been answered and I am ready to send my 19 year old daughter with down syndrome to Asia. I never thought I would ever ever see the day that Alex could be this accomplished, but I should have suspected. Alex is her own person, just like me and just like her siblings, the world is her oyster, not mine.
Here is the latest e-newsletter from Special Olympics Team USA for those who have asked about following Alex:
This is a very exciting week! The athletes, Unified partners and coaches are looking forward to the largest sporting competition of their lives. It is almost time to showcase their many months of preparation, equipment checks, and team bonding. During the next couple of weeks, we will send regular updates from the Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games. We encourage you to check out the important links below so you can help cheer on the Team!
On Thursday, January 24th, the entire team will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for a very special send-off reception at the Crowne Plaza. On Friday, January 25th, delegation members will be headed to Seoul, Republic of Korea. Here is a basic schedule of the team's time in the Republic of Korea.
January 26 - January 29 - Host Town Program - Cultural Experiences
January 29 - Opening Ceremonies
January 30 - February 5 - Competition
February 5 - Closing Ceremonies
Upon arriving in Los Angeles, the athletes and coaches will transition from state to sport mode: they no longer represent just their state, they will represent the entire United States! Based on the performance and camaraderie at training camp in Lake Placid, New York, America should already be incredibly proud of this team. From the floor hockey teams in southern California and Nebraska, to the alpine skiers from the Northeast. and everyone in between, this Team is ready.
Please continue to follow the Team and share your enthusiasm.