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SEASPAR Athletes Go for Gold at Winter Games

Three athletes trained by SEASPAR earned gold medals at the Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games February 8-10.

The Special Olympics Winter Games is one of nine state tournaments held each year, and the final state competition for Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing events. Approximately 375 athletes competed at the event at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena.

SEASPAR Athletes with Winter Games Snow TorchMichael Duffy of Westmont earned a gold medal in the Alpine Skiing Super G (downhill) event, and took fourth place in the Giant Slalom event. His ongoing training has paid off – in 2016, Duffy took bronze in the Super G event and fifth place in the Giant Slalom. Duffy was honored in 2016 as the SEASPAR Athlete of the Year.

William Porch of Westmont and Michael Drabik of Woodridge represented SEASPAR in the Cross Country Skiing competition. Porch earned a gold medal for the fifth straight year in the 500M event, making up a minute in time to overtake the silver medalist by a ski length. Porch also earned a silver medal in the 1K event.

Michael Drabik earned a gold medal in the Cross Country Skiing 50M event and a silver medal in the 100M event. This was Drabik’s first Winter Games competition.

Join us in congratulating these athletes on their hard work and achievements!