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ND athletes represent U.S. in Special Olympics Winter games in Korea

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As the opening ceremonies begin for North Dakota's winter special olympics games, one athlete is all to familiar with what will soon take place.

 "I train year round every day." Meet Blaine Schulz. For the past 24 years, Schulz has done it all from skiing to figure skating. "We've been to Connecticut to Alaska," says Terry Schulz, Blaine's father. But Friday, Schulz is taking part in the snowshoeing events at the state games. And although Blaine's race may end here today, his career is just beginning as he will be heading to Korea to represent America in the World Special Olympics winter games.

"This is an opportunity to show the world what we experience every day." Schulz has represented the United States before in snowshoeing but has never participated overseas. "Just to represent North Dakota is unbelievable." Unbelievable is exactly what this athlete is. And as this race starts, he can only think of the opportunities the special olympics has taken him and the journeys still to come. "I can't describe how proud I am"

Schulz will leave next Thursday for Korea along with Tommy Mickelson from Grand Forks. They are the only 2 special olympic athletes representing North Dakota at the world games.

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