Special Olympics

is the biggest international sport movement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, U.S. based Special Olympics (SO) can be found in more than 170 countries around the globe today. Over 4.5 million athletes seize the wide range of training and competition opportunities.

Special Olympics competitions are held all around the world, including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to more than 108,000 events a year. Like the International Paralympic Committee, the Special Olympics organization is recognized by the International Olympic Committee; however, unlike the Paralympic Games, Special Olympics World Games are not held in the same year or in conjunction with the Olympic Games.

The Special Olympics World Games, which alternate between summer and winter games are held every two years.

Special Olympics World Winter Games Kazan postponed to January 2023.


ISU Disclaimer: "The ISU noticed that the applicable Rules for Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating events at the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 are not in line/up to date with the ISU Regulations. In particular but not limited to, the ISU noticed that the safety standards are below the ISU standards which for Short Track Speed Skating are outlined in ISU Communication No. 1726 for Paddings and ISU Communication No. 1265 for Cut Resistant Clothing. While the ISU understands that considering the special group of Skaters involved, the applicable Rules may vary from the ISU Rules, the ISU nevertheless rejects any responsibility whatsoever related to the Special Olympics World Winter Games safety conditions. It is the responsibility of the organizers and participating athletes to establish the necessary safety measures and to ensure that the athletes can compete safely."

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Jutta Leerdam (NED) and Irene Schouten (NED) made amends for their disappointing results in Beijing two weeks ago on an all-orange Friday night at the ISU World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway. Leerdam bounced back to win 1000m gold while Schouten, relegated to the long distance B Division after finishing eighth in the 3000m in Beijing, won the Stavanger Mass Start convincingly.

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On December 3, 2023, the International Skating Union (ISU) will celebrate Ice Skating sports all around the world by launching the second edition of the World Ice Skating Day (WISD). To date, 50 countries on all continents have confirmed their participation in this initiative and will organize a variety of events hand in hand with local skating clubs, rinks and national skating federations in a spirit of inclusion and joy.

Dec 01, 2023

After a spectacular start to the season in Asia, the ISU World Cup Speed Skating moves to Europe and Stavanger (NOR) from 1-3 December. The Japanese and Chinese skaters who thrived on home ice in Obihiro and Beijing, hope to continue their winning ways in Norway this weekend. The endurance specialists will look forward to Stavanger with specific interest, because it’s the only World Cup with a 10,000m for men and a 5000m for women instead of the 5000m and 3000m respectively.

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