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November 12, 2004

Albany -- Athletes went for the Gold in Albany Friday. The Dougherty Special Olympics Winter Games gave South Georgia athletes a chance to compete.

 The Winter Games got underway like all Olympics, with a parade of flags for the schools involved.

Felicia Thompson brought in the Winter Games torch, to officially start the games.

More than 600 Special Olympic athletes from Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Baker, and Colquitt County competed in sports like basketball, bowling, and power lifting.

Dougherty Special Olympics President Dr. David Wren said "Not only the athletes and what they have obtained through discipline in their sport, it's also where it brings their parents together as well as the community."

Defending State Power Lifting champion Mark Green bench presses 220 pounds. These athletes take their competition seriously, and do their best.

 Albany will host the Special Olympic Georgia State Championship Games in October 2005, 2006, and 2007.

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