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Special Olympics opening for Summer Games moved indoors as weather turns wintery

Athletes are welcomed during the 2015 Opening Ceremonies in the Adams Center (MISSOULA)- With the weather forecast turning from bad to worse, organizers of the Special Olympics Summer Games are beating a retreat indoors.

Wednesday marks the Opening Ceremonies for the third, and final year the Summer Games will be hosted in Missoula. But Wednesday's weather promises to anything but summery, with highs only the 40s and a combination of rain, and even snow showers. 

That's a big turn around from last year when the event was held outdoors in Washington Grizzly Stadium. 

Missoula County Public Schools announced tonight that for the comfort of the athletes and their guests, the ceremony is being moved back indoors to the Adams Center. That could make for more of a crowd, so if you're going it's best to plan to an early arrival. 


Missoula getting high marks from Special Olympics chief

Dennis Bragg photo (MISSOULA)- The head of Special Olympics Montana is giving glowing marks to Missoula organizers and volunteers for their work hosting this year's Summer Games. 

The games wrapped up Friday after finishing the first stop in the Garden City in a decade. And Special Olympics Montana President and CEO Bob Norbie is full of nothing but praise for the 2000-plus volunteers who turned out to work at the games last week. 

Norbie says the volunteers were "extraordinary", and the Missoula games were actually the best first year effort he's seen in his 23-years with the organization. 

But with the 2016 games now just 12-months away, work will start Friday planning for next year's competition.

"Here we are a week later we're going to have a post-games debrief and we'll celebrate the accomplishments and pay tribute to all of those who were so generous with their time, talent and treasure," Norbie told KPAX TV. "But we're also beginning anew in ramping up for Year 2016." 

Norbie says Missoula venues also worked very well for hosting the games and the thousands of athletes, coaches and families who were in town for the games. 


Summer games wrap up in Missoula

Dennis Bragg photo(MISSOULA)- Smiles and sunshine were in abundance Friday, as the Montana Special Olympics Summer Games wrapped up in Missoula.

The games returned to the Garden City this week for the first time in a decade, and for the closing ceremonies and the final track competitions Friday the conditions couldn't have been more ideal. 

Athletes from all over Montana took the starting line for the their final opportunities in these games to take home a medal and the competition and enthusiasm was at its highest level. For some that meant a speedy sprint to the finish. For other athletes it was all about the excitement and the effort in events they've been training for over the past year. 

The games will return to Missoula for the next two years.


Special Olympics Summer Games start in Missoula

Dennis Bragg photo(MISSOULA)- With cheers and the Flame of Hope carried by law enforcement officers, the Special Olympics of Montana Summer Games have returned to Missoula for the first time in a decade. 

The games, which had been in Billings for the past 3-years, are beginning a new, 3-year stay in the Garden City. 

Tuesday evening the Flame of Hope arrived in Missoula to cheers from athletes and their families, as the Law Enforcement Torch Run completed a more than 2,000 mile journey touching every corner of the Treasure State. 

The torch's official arrival comes Wednesday afternoon, as officers will board the private train of Montana Rail Link owner Dennis Washington in Bonner, and then pulling into Missoula around 4:30. Then the officers will run the torch through downtown Missoula to the University of Montana campus for the Opening Ceremonies at 7. 

Athletes began competing in events Wednesday morning, with competition continuing through Friday.