Special Olympics athlete Jeremy Mueller wins silver and gold

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Snowshoe athlete Jeremy Mueller has come home with gold and silver medals from the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, that ran Jan. 29 to Feb. 5.

Mueller won the gold medal in the 400 metre finals on the last day of competition.

He won the silver medal as a member of the 4x100-metre relay team. All Team Canada member performed well in that event.

In the 200-metre preliminaries, Mueller’s time was 30 seconds faster than his qualifying score at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada National Winter Games. He raced the 200-metre finals and beat his prelim time, being awarded a fifth-place ribbon for his performance.

The Special Olympics World Games was an eight-day competition which brought together nearly 3,300 athletes from 112 countries.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this for a Special Olympic Athlete, a gold and silver medal at the highest level of competition. We at Special Olympics NL are so proud of Jeremy,” said Trish Williams, executive director of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador.

“These world games are also important because they bring attention to the talents and capabilities of people with an intellectual disability, helping to change attitudes and to break down barriers that can exclude them from full participation in their communities.”

Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador (SONL) is dedicated to enriching the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a provincial not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for over 600 athletes of all ages and abilities.

 

Organizations: Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, Team Canada, Special Olympics Canada National Special Olympics NL

Geographic location: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • proud newfoundlander
    February 07, 2013 - 21:34

    Congratulations! Your hard work paid off. Well done!

  • Bob
    February 07, 2013 - 20:16

    I sit here typing with such a HUGE smile on my face. I do not know this phenominal individual, but my heart is swollen with pride !!! I can safely say I speak for every single Nfld'er when I offer my heartfelt congratulations !!!! Personally, I feel it would be a wonderful idea to name something after this remarkable individual... Be it, a highway, govt building...etc... Anything !!! Lets get this athletes name permanantly recognized !!! WOW I AM SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU !!!!!

  • Floss Parsons
    February 07, 2013 - 13:57

    What a great job, Jeremy. You make all of us proud to be Newfoundlanders.

  • Jackie Barrett - Proud Special Olympian
    February 07, 2013 - 13:00

    Congratulations Jeremy on winning two medals at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Newfoundland and Labrador all the way.

  • Peggy
    February 07, 2013 - 12:48

    God bless you. What wonderful awesome sportsmanship, Jeremy. A great big well deserved "Congratulations" to you. What an absolutely marvelous experience to travel so far away and compete with so many different nationalities, cultures, languages, etc. Bet you made lots of new friends. Throwing hugs and kisses to you, as well as a great big "thank you" for representing us so professionally and so well. Extremely proud of you, as you should be of yourself. What life-long precious memories you and your family have.