About 1,000 athletes and coaches from around the state are in Rochester this weekend for the 50th Special Olympics New York Winter Games.
The participants have outplayed more than 30,000 of their peers to earn a shot at an Olympic gold medal in six winter sports, according to Stacey Hengsterman, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York.
“They have won their regional competitions,” she said. “They’ve trained hard and this is their statewide finals. So they’re excited, we’re excited there’s going to be some great competitions.