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Hayward special Olympian trains for South Korean games held this week
An athlete from northern Wisconsin will represent the state and Team USA in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Monte Stewart has the story.
23 year old Hayward native Jason Suino will be competing in South Korea January 29 through February 5, 2013. Suino is one of three athletes from Wisconsin that will be competing. He won the gold medal at the 2012 Winter State Games for cross country skiing, which is his event in Korea.
“It’s really exciting for me to be doing this. And I’m really happy for myself doing it. My family and friends and everyone else are proud of me to be doing it for the Olympics.”
Suino says he loves to cross country ski.
“It’s really fun to do. And skiing with my coach Ethel Morse. And especially going down hills, that’s more fun. It’s really fun going downhill with the skis and we’re doing a lot of work uphill than going downhill.”
Suino has been involved in Special Olympics Wisconsin for more than 12 years.
Coach Morse says the training started three months ago for the Winter World Games.
“Now, we’re training pretty much every day. And right now we in Hayward have snow so today is our first day getting on the snow with the skis.”
Suino’s training includes dry land training with hill bounding, running, roller skiing, strength and balance.
“Since they got snow now, hopefully I can go on the trails and practice on the trails now.”
Morse says everyone is excited for Suino to be competing in the Winter Games.
“This has been a goal of mine to get one of our Hayward athletes to qualify for one of the Winter Games since this is a very winter community with the American Birkebeiner here. Everybody is excited to see how he does and he as well. He’s kind of focusing on trying to bring home a medal of some sort.”
Suino has been skiing for more than 12 years. He did classic skiing for about five years and has now been doing skate skiing.
“I’d really like to win real bad, but if I don’t win, it’s okay. At least I still competed and honored my town and my country, my state.”
This will be the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games, which brings together athletes from more than 112 nations.
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