Special Olympics Illinois Skating Championships Debut Feb. 19-20 in Romeoville


Special Olympics Illinois athletes will compete in the state competition for figure skating and speed skating Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 & 20, at the inaugural Special Olympics Illinois Skating Championships. It takes place at Canlan Ice Sports, 1581 W. Normantown Rd., Romeoville. Previously, state competition in skating was part of the State Winter Games competition in Galena. View list of athletes expected to compete at Skating Championships.

Competition takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday and from 9- 11 a.m. Thursday, awards presented immediately following competition Thursday. On Wednesday night, athletes will enjoy dinner and a dance at the Holiday Inn in Bolingbrook.

There are 38 athletes competing in figure skating in Levels I-VI; each level increasing in degree of difficulty. Skaters will each perform in compulsories (Levels I & II) or short program (Levels III-VI) and a freestyle routine. There are 13 athletes competing in speed skating events that include 111-, 222-, 333-, 500- and 777-meter races.

Special Olympics Illinois hopes to attract more athletes to train in these two sports and participate in the state competition. According to Tracy Hilliard, Vice President of Sports Training and Competition for Special Olympics Illinois, “By making this competition a stand-alone event close to where most of the state’s skaters live, we hope to see an increase in participation at the event which provides a better competitive experience for all. The Canlan Ice Sports facility has three sheets of ice, which allows for future growth of our event.”

Special Olympics Illinois State Winter Games took place Feb. 4-6 in Galena with competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Special thanks to these 2014 Skating Championships Gold Medal Sponsors – Law Enforcement Torch Run, Illinois Knights of Columbus and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.


Barbara DiGuido, 630-942-5610