Athletes out in full force for Special Olympics

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Sun, June 8 2014 at 5:33 PM, Updated: Mon, June 9 2014 at 3:24 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. -- Athletes brought their a-games to Grants Pass High School Sunday, trying to qualify for the Special Olympics State Games. 

220 athletes from eight different counties competed in track and field events. The day was special for both volunteers and participants.

"To see them all succeed even if they don't get that gold medal.. they're all winners in my eyes," Nicole Richards, coach for Josephine County, said.

The athletes who finish their events will move on the to games which is scheduled for July in Newburg.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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