Olympians Gather In Western NC

Jan 6, 2014

A competitor from the 2013 games.
Credit Special Olympics NC

I've been poking around the internet, wondering if any athletes with ties to North Carolina will be headed to the games in Sochi next month.

I didn't find any (yet), but I did find a winter games, happening now. Without fanfare, network TV contracts, or endorsements, 130 athletes with special needs have gathered for the NC Winter Special Olympics at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock.

The competition is reportedly fierce in alpine skiing and snowboarding. 130 regional competitors hail from as far away as Virginia.

It's the 36th time the regionals have been held at this location.

Look at pictures of some of the athletes in action.