Germantown athletes do well at Special Olympics

June 29, 2010

Despite scheduling problems due to inclement weather, Germantown athletes won big while competing at the Special Olympics Wisconsin 2010 State Summer Games in Stevens Point, June 10-12.

The rain showers didn't wash away the smiles on nearly 2,000 Special Olympics athletes' faces when Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk kicked off the event with a few words at an indoor dance and autograph session at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Quandt Gym.

June 10 began with athletics and aquatics competitions, but by mid-morning, the rain clouds returned, forcing cancellations in all sports except swimming. Power lifting, aquatics, and athletics competitions took place on Saturday as scheduled, but soccer players were unable to compete either day due to muddy terrain.

Despite that, Germantown area athletes did earn several medals.

Bryan D. Johnson earned a first place as part of the 400-yard freestyle swim relay, while Angelo H. Landgraf was second in his division of the softball throw. Other medals, all in swimming, included the following: third places went to Patrick Young in the 25-meter backstroke and to James Justesen as part of the 200 medley relay in swimming.

Johnson was fourth in the 400 freestyle and was also fifth as part of the 200 freestyle relay while Young was fifth in the 50 backstroke.

Volunteers dressed in rain ponchos and umbrellas manned games and activities in Victory Village and Partners Park, but the lightning clouds forced them to close around noon. The Wal-Mart Healthy Athletes tent was able to offer a limited number of free on-site health care screenings before the weather forced closing that tent as well.

Athletes from around the state qualified for the State Summer Games according to their recent performances.

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