Arvada skater heads to Special Olympics World Games

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ARVADA -- Getting in one last on-ice training session, we found Amanda Douglass lacing up her figure skates before taking in messages on how she can go for gold next week in South Korea.

Amanda is one of 152 athletes who make up Team USA. The athletes will compete in every sport from cross country skiing to snowboarding to figure skating.

These are the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games; more than 2,300 athletes from more than 110 countries will take part in the games.

Colorado is sending 11 athletes to the ‘life-changing’ winter tournament. Many, like Amanda, were chosen after winning gold at the state level.

Colorado has 12,000 athletes who compete in 22 sports.

For Amanda this is the dream of a life time come true. "I have been figure skating since I was eight years old,” said Amanda Douglass. “I only stopped when I played soccer and basketball in high school, but once I graduated I got back with my coach to prepare for these games.”

Her coach, Bernie Creevey, says Amanda has a great chance to pick up a gold medal, “If she just keeps her knees bent!”

Her friends and family are excited about the trip over the Pacific. Mom and dad plan to go and they hope Amanda will return with much more self-confidence than she already has.

The Colorado team left Thursday morning to meet up with Team USA for the special flight to the Far East. The games begin next week and run through the first week of February.

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