ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to represent the United States at the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, organizers said Wednesday.
The 472 athletes will comprise Special Olympics Team USA. They will join 1,528 other athletes from 80 nations at the upcoming event.
The games are to run in the Anchorage area from March 4-March 11.
Organizers are calling it the largest international sporting event ever staged in Alaska. The theme for the seventh annual Special Olympics World Winter Games is ''Challenging New Frontiers.''
Special Olympics athletes were chosen as members of Team USA based on their athletic accomplishments in their home states.
The special athletes will compete in Alpine skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.
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