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Final Leg Team Delivers the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

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Austrian police officer and Final Leg team member Melanie Rettenbacher carries the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming, accompanied by Gerhard Hochstrasser and Karin Naverschnig.
After 10 days of running through 47 cities and towns across Austria, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team delivered the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming on 18 March. It was an emotional moment and a stunning visual as the torch zigzaged down the mountain for the crowd. In the days before, 130 members of the Final Leg team gathered in Bregenz, and then visited Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Graz as well as many smaller towns and villages. The team was made up of officers from 83 law enforcement agencies in 23 countries as well as 10 Special Olympics athletes from Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Gibraltar and the USA. Melanie Rettenbacher brought the Flame of Hope down the mountain and handed over to Bruce Merriam and Andrew Negrelli who had been selected to complete our task as the 'Guardians of the Flame' - transferring the flame to the Games Torch which was used to light the Games Cauldron and bring the Opening Ceremony to a rousing close.

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First day of the Final Leg - Bregenz, Austria
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