The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games!

Our video to the great Games in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau!


The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games!

The best pics, the greatest emotions!

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The best pics, the greatest emotions!

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Emotional Showdown of the World Winter Games 2017

15,000 people celebrated a feast of joy and togetherness in Graz on friday. The Heartbeat for the world was once again present.  

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Dance Contest was an enthusiastic event!

Dancing is a sport for the future - a great demonstration event was held yesterday at the Orpheum Graz.

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The big Showdown of the World Winter Games will take place in Graz on Friday

The Closing Ceremony which will be frequented by a lot of stars will be held in the Merkur Arena in Graz on March 24. 

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You are our heroes!

Every athlete, coach, volunteer or fan can tell a great story - these are our heroes! 

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The Games of the hearts provide for enthusiasm

The "Heartbeat for the world" reached the people in Austria.Thousands of spectators and fans come to the sports competitions and the first award ceremonies. 

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Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies kick off world's largest sporting event in 2017

The Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 were opened on Saturday with a spectacular show. 

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In most of us there is a "Fighter"

Interview with Helene Fischer, who sings the official anthem for the World Winter Games called "Fighter".

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The world of Special Olympics says thank you Austria.

We say to you athletes those down here and those in the stands- thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  

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Facts & Figures

When: March 14th - 25th, 2017

Opening ceremony:
March 18th, 2017 in Schladming/WM-Stadium Planai

Closing ceremony:
March 24th, 2017 in Graz (Stadium Liebenau)


Where: Graz, Schladming-Rohrmoos, Ramsau

  • 2.700 athletes of 107 nations
  • 1.100 trainer
  • 3.000 Volunteers
  • 5.000 family members/friends
  • 800 congress participants
  • 800 Media representatives
  • 1.200 MVP-Fans
  • Figure Skating 
  • Speed Skating
  • Floor Hockey
  • Floorball 
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Alpine Skiing 
  • Nordic Skiing 
  • Snowboarding 
  • Stick Shooting 
  • Dancing (Demonstration Event)
  • MATP: Motor Activity Trainings Program (Demonstration Event)
  • Healthy Athletes Program
  • School programs
  • Inclusive programs and competitions
  • Symposia, congresses
  • Culture and Arts programs
  • Host Town Program spread across Austria

Photos & Videos

Foto: GEPA pictures/Special Olympics


Journalists, reporters and photographers - 
here you can find the most important infos for the
2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games!

Accreditation for the Games will close on February, 28th 2017!

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9 sports in 3 destinations:
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Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017!