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  • Congratulations Montana Special Olympians

    by Senator Steve Daines

    Posted on 2013-03-04

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    DAINES of montana in the house of representatives Monday, March 4, 2013 Mr. DAINES. Mr. Speaker, two Montana athletes recently competed in the Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games in South Korea, and I want to recognize them for their efforts.

    Dan Hazen of Great Falls and Kathy Rose of Kalispell made Montana proud when they were chosen to represent our state on a national stage. Of the 2,300 other athletes from 110 countries in PyeongChang, South Korea, they were the only two from Montana.

    But it's been a long journey, filled with hard work and perseverance.

    Their tireless dedication to their sport paid off when they placed first in their events at the 2012 Special Olympics Montana State Winter Games at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Then, they were chosen from a field of other gold medal athletes as Montana's representatives to the Games.

    Hazen competed in the slalom, giant slalom and super G, alpine skiing events.

    And Rose competed in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4 x 100-meter relay snowshoe races.

    These events require a lot of work and a lot of commitment--and I'm happy that their efforts were rewarded when they were chosen to compete in South Korea.

    These athletes are true examples of what makes Montana great--their positive attitudes and tireless dedication exemplifies the characteristics that we value in our state.

    Thank you for your hard work, thank you for making Montana proud, and congratulations.

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