I had the pleasure of attending the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games this weekend. Towson University was the host of this year’s event and its campus was surrounded with athletes, coaches, families and volunteers from across the state. Opening ceremony launched on Friday, June 8 along with the traditional torch run and a block party to celebrate the start of games. Saturday began the official day of competition (excluding the cheerleading competition that took place Friday) with the kickoff of each sports event. The other summer games were composed of sporting competitions that included aquatics, track and field, bocce, and softball. Since majority of the athletes play more than one sport, the competitions continued well into Sunday.
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Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) qualified for her first Olympic Games Saturday with a 35th place finish in Women’s Kayak at the Slalom World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales, June 8-10. The Davidson College student edged out teammate Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.), who placed 37th, for the Olympic slot.
Queen and Nee arrived in Cardiff tied in Olympic selection points, but Queen earn the tiebreaker because she initially earned the Olympic slot for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Nee would have had to finish in the Top 20 and ahead of Queen this weekend to earn the Olympic spot for herself.