I've put up a few short videos of the McCall Special Olympics venue, as you can see below. It was pretty fun to attend, and part of the point was to have fun. I wasn't sure what to expect before I got there, as I don't know many disabled people. Just one, actually, and her disability is that she can't walk. I don't know anyone with a mental disability.
Here's my main take away. I saw a tall Canadian competitor race in the 400 M race, and in a relay race, and man could that guy run. His time, in snowshoes on snow, was the equivalent of running a 6 minute mile. Big long stride, arms pumping, throwing up a rooster tail of snow about 12 feet high behind him. Very impressive. I later saw him after he received his medal, and I became aware of his disability, sort of. He was making odd facial expressions, looked down at the ground and rolled his eyes, and he was curling and writhing his fingers.
So, which impression defines him? The mentally challenged impression, or the gifted athlete impression? I think that both define a part of him, but neither defines him entirely. Of course.
These volunteers greeted the competitors as they crossed the finish line.
Clip of the 400 meter race.
In this clip, I stood in one spot and filmed a full circle. This one probably gives the best idea of the layout. It was filmed before the competitors arrived for the day.
This clip shows the half way point of the 800 M race.