Blagg runs final leg in Special Olympics World Winter Games

Apr 19, 2017
Photo by: Donated Deputy Daniel Blagg, left, is pictured with another member of the Final Leg team that ran the 'Flame of Hope' throughout Austria prior to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

RALEIGH — The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games concluded March 25 in Austria, ending two weeks of competition among nearly 3,000 athletes from around the world, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.

Deputy Daniel Blagg of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office was selected as North Carolina’s only law enforcement official to the Final Leg team that ran the “Flame of Hope” throughout Austria prior to the start of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

“Special Olympics North Carolina was well represented by a great group of people from North Carolina,” said Fishburne.

Special Olympics USA was comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations, for a total delegation of 210.

The delegation also included Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together as teammates.

Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world.

This prominent world stage brings attention to the Special Olympics movement and helps create positive, sometimes lifesaving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world. Nearly 5 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in 170 nations across the globe.