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A Coach's Perspective: Competing in World Winter Games

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Special Olympics Greece at the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang
Our story begins in 2010, at the mountains of Northern Greece and specifically at the National Ski Resort of Seli. It was there where our extraordinary team was brought together, in order to start a fascinating journey, all the way to the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. Along with the other two coaches of the team, Andreas Grammatikopoulos and Maria Kontoni, we have the incredible joy and luck to coach 10 amazing athletes - 5 alpine and 5 cross-country skiers. Our skiers know, what team work and the spirit of sports means. Throughout the years, they have given us some incredible lessons on fraternity, courage and the incomparable joy of effort. They have lived together, they have shared good and bad times but have always remained united. 19-year-old Thodoris Ilkos, is one of the 10 athletes who will compete in the Austria 2017 Winter World Games. Thodoris is very active and sociable. He loves telling jokes, playing computer games, reading books and comics, and of course skiing!

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Popi Andreadou, a coach of the Greek Special Olympics ski team.

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