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ESPN Coverage of Special Olympics World Winter Games Begins March 18

March 13, 2017
Source: ESPN

ESPN global coverage of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2017, will begin March 18 [] with a live three-hour special capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the World Winter Games Opening Ceremony. This is first-ever live coverage by ESPN of the World Winter Games.

From Sunday, March 19, through Friday, March 24, a nightly program - Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 - will bring viewers the stories, competition showcase, interviews and more from Austria.

As an official broadcaster of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, ESPN coverage will be carried across the ABC and ESPN family of networks in the U.S. (ABC, ESPN2) as well as streamed on the ESPN app and WatchESPN.

ESPN coverage will also be carried in 190 countries and territories around the world. It marks the broadest-reaching coverage ever for a Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Transcending the boundaries of geography, nationality, gender, age, politics, culture and religion, the Special Olympics World Winter Games will bring together more than 2,700 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 107 countries, along with 10,000 volunteers and thousands of spectators, all in celebration of inclusion and the power of sport. Athletes will compete in Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floorball, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Stick Shooting at venues in Schladming-Rohrmoos, Graz and Ramsau, Austria.

Throughout both the Opening Ceremony coverage and its nightly show ESPN will tell the remarkable and inspiring individual stories of athletes, coaches and families from around the world in "Up Close and Personal" features.

With news, long-form feature storytelling, video, exclusive blogs from athletes, coaches and volunteers, photo galleries and more, ESPN will examine the people and topics of the Special Olympics movement.

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