Two athletes from North Dakota will be representing Team USA in this years Special Olympics World Games.
Adam Maresh and Joshua Jerome will be just two of 7,000 athletes. In the World Games there will be 177 countries and 25 different Olympic style sports. Adam Maresh will be doing powerlifting and bench press, Joshua will be doing track and field.
"Just last year I went to the national games in New Jersey, I did bench press and dead lift, and I got three gold medals." Adam said with a smile.
His team manager Cindy Schopper will be traveling with both Adam and Joshua to the World Games. Cindy says she's proud of the improvements she's seen Adam make.
"Adam has worked really really hard, with his power lifting, he's pretty modest with the weight that he can lift, but he kind of shocks a lot of people when he gets out there and he can dead lift 405 pounds!" Cindy says.
That hard work paid off.
"When I came back from national games, I signed papers to go to world games, and then I found out two weeks later that I had been chosen, and I got excited." Adam told Valley Today's Kristi Larson.
This year only Adam and Joshua are the two athletes from North Dakota competing as a part of Team USA in the World Games.
"More often than not with a special Olympic athlete you are going to get 100% all the time, and it's a challenge because you have to come up with new and different ways to find ways to tap into even more potential." Cindy explains.
With Cindy's help Adam is headed to Los Angeles next month with big goals.
"I'm trying to get up to 500 pounds in dead lift, then about 315 in bench press." Adam shares with a grin.
But no matter the outcome, Cindy says coaches try to teach all athletes it's about giving it all you've got.
"If you try your best you haven't failed." Cindy says.
Both Adam and Joshua will be traveling to Los Angeles on July 21st. The opening ceremonies for the World Games is on July 25th. ESPN will be covering the Special Olympics.
Help them and Special Olympics North Dakota celebrate as the Flame of Hope comes through Fargo Friday afternoon. Families are invited for a fun free celebration with food, games and the torch's arrival.
It's happening at the Fargo Civic Center Green Space from 6-8 p.m. This is the first year of the Unified Relay Across America. For more on the World Games or Special Olympics North Dakota look to the links attached to the right of this story.