Special Olympians win gold, silver at 2015 world games

Special Olympians win gold, silver at 2015 world games

PEARL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Special Olympics

Special Olympics Mississippi athletes brought home Gold and Silver from their weeklong competitions at the 2015 World Games, held in Los Angeles.

Athletes Kyle Dutiel of Brandon won three consecutive Gold medals in equestrian sports, while unified father-and-son team of Bill and Taylor Rosenthal of Shannon won a Silver medal in golf. More than 7,000 athletes from around the world competed in the Special Olympics World Games this year, an event that occurs once every four years.

"It feels good, it feels really good," said Dutiel, who is on his third trip to the World Games for Mississippi. He previously brought home a Bronze Medal in 1999 at World Games in Raleigh, N.C., and a Silver and Bronze in 2003 at World Games in Dublin, Ireland. These are his first Gold medals on the international level.

"We are proud of Kyle, Taylor and Bill, and all that they accomplished not only for Special Olympics USA, but also for all of our athletes who cheered them from home in Mississippi," said Tony Bahou, president and CEO of Special Olympics Mississippi.  "The World Games was an experience that our families and athletes will remember for a lifetime."

Special Olympics Mississippi became one of the first pilot programs after Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver visited Ellisville State School in Jones County in 1968, and was officially incorporated and recognized by the state in August 1975, making 2015 the organization's 40th anniversary in Mississippi.

Today, Special Olympics Mississippi serves more than 4,000 athletes through a network of 17 multi-county areas and thousands of volunteers. Athletes compete locally at more than 50 events across the state, then statewide at the annual Summer Games and Fall Games. Athletes can then advance to the national and international levels of competition.