Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovakia successful at the 2015 Special Olympics

WITH eleven gold, a dozen silver and eight bronze medals the 2015 Special Olympics held in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2 was the most successful event of its kind in modern Slovak history. 

A firework display closes out the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at Los Angeles(Source: Rich Fury/SITA)

The Special Olympics World Games was the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015 with 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers, participating, according to the organisers’ press release.

“The opening ceremony was great,” said František Graňo, father and coach of Slovak participant Filip Graňo, as quoted by the Sme daily website. The First Lady Michelle Obama officially opened the games. Flag rising and the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope was also part of the ceremony.

Mr Grano’s 17-year old son Filip won silver in English Equitation competition at the Olympics. Filip, who suffers from Down Syndrome, also competes against healthy athletes, he is sometimes faster than them and recently won an Extreme Cowboy Race competition, according to his father, quoted by Sme daily.

“Since his childhood Filip has been saying that he would win in the USA and he has succeeded at the age of 17 at the Special Olympics,” Graňo said, as quoted by Sme daily. 

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Long-neglected Renaissance house in Bratislava’s centre reveals its secrets Photo

The National Trust is bringing the historical Rómer’s house back to life.

Renaissance Rómer’s house in the Bratislava's Old Town

Slovak healthcare needs thousands of medical workers

Slovak doctors, nurses and midwives are not hesitating in finding better work conditions abroad.

Illustrative Stock Photo

News isn’t negative because journalists are cynical

The problem is caused by the demand side.

RE-inventing modern theatre Photo

This year's international theatre festival REvolves around the prefix “re”, playing with its meanings and connotations, while also commemorating the years in (Czecho-)Slovak history ending with 8.

TR Warsaw: My Struggle