The 2013 Special Olympics Alaska Winter Games were held March 9-11. Brian was there as an announcer and a fan.
Flags were flying on fairly warm conditions at Hilltop Ski Area, where the Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding events would be held.
Opening ceremonies were Friday evening. We had live music, inspiring stories, and a video from Senator Begich. Representatives from the APD Torch Run were there, too. My camera couldn't catch much in the low light, though.
Saturday morning at the slopes. S.O. Athletes from across the state were getting on their gear...
...putting on their bib numbers...
...and hitting the slopes at Hilltop.
One of my Special Olympics buddies, it's Mega-Misty Cunitz. She was also one of Alaska's representatives at the Special Olympics World Games in Korea.
Totally focused on the event to come.
This year, blue and gold scarves were handed out to volunteers and athletes. Over my shoulder, the view of the slopes as we announced the events.
Skier and boarder athletes love their nicknames. I think we had over 50 competitors doing multiple timed runs.
With me on the mic was Ryan Peterson of Spenard Builder's Supply. We had several volunteers from SBS helping us over the weekend.