The door is slowly closing on a dream come true, but the memories and new friends made will last forever. The Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games officially closed on Tuesday, February 5th. Congratulations athletes!! Congratulations coaches!! Congratulations parents!!

Closing Ceremonies were just as fabulous as the Opening Ceremonies. Korean K-pop took center stage with performances by popular groups EXO-K, f(x) and the Wonder Girls. There was also a spectacular performance by legendary figure skaters and Special Olympics ambassadors Michelle Kwan and Yuna Kim. A finale rendition of the hit “Gangnam Style,” performed by Figure Skating Special Olympic Athletes and Michelle Kwan and Yuna Kim, ended the night. 

Special Olympics outside torch

Outdoor Olympic Flame of Hope

While all the athletes may be worn out from competition, their hearts are full from all of their accomplishments at these 2013 World Winter Games. Athletes performed brilliantly, showcasing their ability, skill and talent. The Coaches are also to be applauded for their achievements; without their knowledge and skills, patience and love for our children, we would not have seen these performances. They give tirelessly so our children can achieve their dreams, accomplish their goals and thereby write another page in the history books on “Together We Can.” Thank you Coaches for all that you do!!

Paige Hornsby is the proud mother of athlete Marnie Hornsby, Alpine Skiing.