O'Neil captures bronze on the world Special Olympics stage

For some athletes it was fairly new, but others have been part of Special Olympics for years.

Fletcher said it's "very cool" that someone who has trained and raced at Nashoba took home a medal. There she'll compete as one of about 2,700 athletes from 107 countries.

Chris O'Neil of Westford captured a bronze medal in the Advanced Super-G slalom skiing event at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming, Austria, on Sunday.

Elijah Wood is a floor hockey athlete that is representing Canada in Austria at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

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"It's a mix of emotions", she said Friday, sitting near her luggage, crammed full of uniforms, jackets, boots and hats. "I try not to let it get to my head". "I'm more excited than nervous, but I try to keep it all in perspective". The only stipulation was she had to attend the camp without her family.

Madison Englund is at the top of her game.

The games were officially opened this year by Superintendent Roger Milton who praised the athletes for their participation and commitment to Special Olympics. Her goal: "I want to do my best", she said. She serves as an ambassador for the organization, often speaking to groups one or two times a week about the merits of Special Olympics. Wood has been involved with Special Olympics for 10 years.

Mike Mulligan and his wife, Pam, will make the trek to Austria to watch Rachel compete. "A lot of people have stepped up to help make this happen, and I'm very grateful for them".