Athletes from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic returned home from the 2017 Special Olympic Winter Games as medal winners.
Jamaica’s 18 man team won 5 medals – 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, its best medal haul ever and the first time all Jamaica’s competitors medaled in the games.
Speed skaters Romaine Austin won 2 of the 3 gold medals and Dave Oddman won the other gold and the silver. The bronze medal was earned by the floor hockey team.
While the Dominican Republic – whose delegation consisted of 2 men and 2 women also earned 5 medals.
D.R.’s Snowshoeing 4x100m relay team won a silver medal on the final day of competition, after all 4 team members had already earned individual Snowshoeing medals.
Oscar Arias won silver in the Men’s 100m race, and Domingo Santana in the 200m.
In the Female 100m, Charismel De La Rosa and Lily Flores won a silver medals in different categories and De La Rosa also won bronze in the 200m event.
Other Caribbbean nations to compete in the 2017 Special Olympic Winter Games were St. Lucia – who sent a delegation of 15 which included 2 women, and Trinidad & Tobago who sent a team of 16- 10 men and 6 women, but both failed to medal.
Held over 8 days in Austria, the Special Olympic Winter Games featured more than 2700 athletes representing 105 countries around the world.