1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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9th Special Olympics World Summer Games
Host city New Haven, United States
Nations participating 143
Athletes participating 7,000
Events 21 sports
Opening ceremony June 1, 1995 (1995-06-01)
Closing ceremony June 9, 1995 (1995-06-09)
Officially opened by Bill Clinton
Main venue Yale Bowl

The Ninth Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in New Haven, Connecticut, USA on July 1–9, 1995. More than 7,000 athletes from 143 countries gathered for competition in 21 sports. The opening and closing ceremonies were held in the Yale Bowl, and various events were held around the New Haven area, including various events held in West Haven, Connecticut. This was the first Special olympics world games that included unified sports. The hurdles and the marathon were included in athletics, squat lift was included in powerlifting, and the 40 km race was included in cycling.

Notable athletes and achievements of these games include:

  • Michael Traoré - won 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze in running and soccer.
  • Troy Rutter – won the first-ever marathon in 2:59.18.
  • Kamala Gesteland – won 3 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in swimming.
  • Holly Mandy – won the mile run and the 3 km run, also won silver medal in the half-marathon. (She also won a silver medal in the 5 km run at the 1991 world games.)
  • Loretta Claiborne – won 2 gold medals in bowling events.
  • Conrad DuPreez – won 2 gold medals in cycling.
  • Chad Kocabinski – won a gold and a bronze medals in horse riding events.
  • Robert Vasquez – won 1 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze medals in gymnastics.
  • Gabriel Salas – won gold and bronze medals in speed roller skating.
  • Cynthia Bentley – won a silver medal in tennis.
  • Jennifer R Delaney- won 2 gold and one silver medal in Equestrian
  • Lori G Garver – won 3 gold medals in powerlifting


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