Eleven days and 1,000 medals later, the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 ended with a closing ceremony that was nothing short of magical. More than 15,000 athletes, fans and family members filled the Liebenau stadium Friday night for the final celebration. Channeling the upbeat energy of the opening ceremony, the finale event featured several electrifying acts including a performance of the Coca-Cola Unified Song, “Can You Feel It,” by artist Rose May Alba. The inspiring night concluded with the handing over of the Special Olympics flag to the hosts of the next Games: Abu Dhabi (2019).

The 2017 Austria Games may be over, but the memories, friendships and unwavering love for the Special Olympics live on! Here’s  a look back at some of our favorite moments of the 2017 Games, from the Polar Plunge to the ski slopes:

1. The Start: Opening Ceremonies and Celebrations








 

2. The Sports: From Skating to Snowshoeing








 

3. The Spirit: Heartbeat for the World









 

4. The Send-Off: Closing Ceremonies