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Shikha, Shubham's 'special' homecoming
India's Shikha Rani and Shubham Shokeen narrowly missed out on a medal at the Special Olympics in Austria, but they did not return empty handed.
The Games have ended, but the 'brave attempt' lives on
There are great stories everywhere. Parents who love their kids. Athletes who've overcome odds. But it doesn't happen every day, several times a day, as it does at the World Games.
Skill? Drive? Will to win? It's all of the above for Special Olympics athletes
Throughout the Special Olympics World Games, competitiveness and desire are heard and seen -- often. And at levels that can rival athletes in all realms.
Photos: Memorable moments from Special Olympics World Games
Special Olympics athletes showed the power of acceptance, inclusion and, as the Special Olympics oath states, "being brave in the attempt."
Special Olympics World Winter Games: Being brave in the attempt
ESPN senior writer Alyssa Roenigk learned the true meaning behind the Special Olympics oath by competing in the Unified snowboarding giant slalom race in Austria.
The will and determination of India's Shikha Rani
When Shikha was born, people told her parents not to waste their lives caring for her, but they didn't listen. Now the ice skater is doing what most in her village could never accomplish.
Triumphant Bangladesh hockey team is profile in perseverance
Bangladesh's all-female floor hockey team shared golds with a male team after an 18-overtime stalemate at the Special Olympics World Games. And that's not the most inspiring part of the story.
Born to run: World Games again teach what really matters
What do you get when you combine toughness, laughter, inspiration, Superman and a lot of speed? As Marty Smith found out, a helluva person in Special Olympics athlete Joe Kaczynski.
Photos: Chris Paynter saw a few of his favorite things in Austria
The U.S. alpine skier fulfilled a lifelong dream while competing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games -- and the dream wasn't to win a gold medal. But he did that too.
Rising from the ashes
Costa Rican snowshoe athlete Kenneth Ramirez got the surprise of his life Wednesday when his coach presented him with replicas of the medals he lost in his family's house fire.
Photos: Seeing double at the World Winter Games
For many athletes, competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games meant traveling far from home -- and family. These competitors arrived in Austria with built-in support: their twin!
Muirhead seals Britain's place at Winter Olympics
Eve Muirhead sealed Great Britain's place at next year's Winter Olympics after reaching the play-off round of the Women's World Curling Championships in Beijing.
Cross-country skier Nikota Easterling is part of a modern family
Described as "compassionate," Easterling has been a sister to more than 100 foster children. The kindness she learned at home has translated to her Special Olympics teammates.
For U.S. World Games skier, conquering goals is a habit
Whether it's climbing 46 peaks in the Adirondacks or competing for the U.S. cross-country ski team at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, John Piestrzynski loves a good challenge.
Speedskating the perfect outlet for Tommy Shimoda
Barb Shimoda wasn't expecting her emotions to get the best of her when she saw her son take the ice at the World Games. But Special Olympics has given him a voice he would not have had otherwise.
The surprise for Australia's Kristian Sandercoe that was almost foiled
While at the World Winter Games, the Special Olympics Alpine skier got a curious message from his mentor, whom he hadn't seen in two years. He had to see for himself if it was a joke or not.
Special Olympics snowshoer Nick Hilton disqualified after winning bronze
U.S. Special Olympics snowshoer Nick Hilton was headed to the podium in his snowshoeing event -- until a rule violation disqualified him. He wasn't alone: 50 other athletes were DQ'd in the 200M.
Students from a New York City prep school step out of their comfort zone
The boys admit they didn't know what to expect when they joined a Special Olympics Unified hockey team in New York. But that was sort of the idea.
Shubham Shokeen's blades of courage
Born with a hole in his heart, and diagnosed with learning disabilities, 14-year-old Shubham Shokeen is determined to overcome the odds and win ice-skating gold at the Special Olympics in Graz.
How a Special Olympics athlete from Texas found figure skating
Tara Lipinski and a Pennsylvania fire department inspired figure skater Ian Rawn to reach for gold at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria (March 18-24).
Figure skater Sharita Taylor set to compete in Austria
Although only one of the Taylor sisters will represent the U.S. at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Shaye Taylor will be in the stands cheering on her twin, Sharita, as loudly as she can.
'He wears his heart on both sleeves, and on top of his hat.'
Like most athletes, British alpine skier James Millard is in Austria to win. In fact, he has trained for more than five years to do just that. But the inspiration goes beyond taking home a medal.
'Snowboarding is the light of her life'
Fifteen-year-old Faith Schroeder has a role model who has inspired people to push themselves and to love what they do. This role model is her aunt, Special Olympics snowboarder Daina Shilts.
Photos: Everybody in! It's the 2017 Schladming Splash
To raise money for the Special Olympics, more than 100 brave souls jumped into cold, cold water at the World Winter Games in Austria. Their faces tell the story.
'If she's in water there's no need to worry'
Special Olympics: Swimming gives Shamita an outlet that her ADHD condition would normally close off; it also gives purpose to those who've helped her find her fins.
'I Run Like a Cheetah'
The friends of Special Olympics snowshoer Nick Hilton also compare him to an Energizer Bunny, and with a track record of winning lots of gold in his sport, he has earned those nicknames.
Photos: Top moments from SOWG opening ceremony
Munich-based photographer Jakob Michael Berr shows what it was like to cover the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games -- in a rainstorm.
'Carrying the heartbeat into the world'
The Flame of Hope started its journey in Athens. On Saturday, it arrived in Schladming, Austria, along with about 2,700 Special Olympics athletes for the opening ceremony.
Ghana, Afghanistan denied visas to enter Austria
Leading up to the Special Olympics World Winter Games, the official number of nations competing was 107. But after an announcement this morning, there are now just 105.
'This is the biggest fun yet,' says Special Olympics figure skater Sharita Taylor
When Sharita Taylor and 'GMA' host Robin Roberts first met in the ESPN media room in Schladming, Austria, they found they had a common interest. And it led to a tweet from LeBron James.
Watch the stories unfold at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria beginning March 18 on ABC and ESPN2.