2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games

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10th Special Olympics World Winter Games
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games logo.jpg
Host city Boise, Idaho, United States
Nations participating >100
Athletes participating ~2,500
Opening ceremony February 7
Closing ceremony February 13
Officially opened by Barack Obama
Torch lighter
Main venue Idaho Center
Butch Otter and Lori Otter, Governor and First Lady of Idaho, open the games

The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games was held in the state of Idaho, USA from February 7 through February 13, 2009.

Nearly 2500 athletes from over 100 countries participated in the games. Dignitaries included actors, musicians, athletes and politicians from around the United States and the world. Vice President Joe Biden presented awards to athletes, and met athletes and their families at other events on Thursday, February 12. He further announced the appointment of Kareem Dale as special assistant to the president for disability policy. [1]

The following cities hosted the games:


External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.idahostatesman.com/1266/story/666947.html "Vice President Joe Biden: 'This is a movement' for change", Idaho Statesman, 02/13/09