Garth Brooks wears a fan's Special Olympics medal on stage
Jessica Hasler, a Special Olympics gold medalist, wanted Garth Brooks to wear her medal at his concert in Billings, Montana, over the weekend. He seemed more than happy to do so.
Special Olympics founder is Ashe recipient
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics and advocated for disability issues and children's health, will posthumously receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPYS.
Shikha, Shubham's 'special' homecoming
India's Shikha Rani and Shubham Shokeen narrowly missed out on a medal at the Special Olympics in Austria, but they did not return empty handed.
The Games have ended, but the 'brave attempt' lives on
There are great stories everywhere. Parents who love their kids. Athletes who've overcome odds. But it doesn't happen every day, several times a day, as it does at the World Games.
Photos: Memorable moments from Special Olympics World Games
Special Olympics athletes showed the power of acceptance, inclusion and, as the Special Olympics oath states, "being brave in the attempt."
The will and determination of India's Shikha Rani
When Shikha was born, people told her parents not to waste their lives caring for her, but they didn't listen. Now the ice skater is doing what most in her village could never accomplish.
Triumphant Bangladesh hockey team is profile in perseverance
Bangladesh's all-female floor hockey team shared golds with a male team after an 18-overtime stalemate at the Special Olympics World Games. And that's not the most inspiring part of the story.
Born to run: World Games again teach what really matters
What do you get when you combine toughness, laughter, inspiration, Superman and a lot of speed? As Marty Smith found out, a helluva person in Special Olympics athlete Joe Kaczynski.
Why Joe Kaczynski was born to run.
Marty Smith catches up with Joe Kaczynski and discovers why the Special Olympics athlete is the glue that holds his family together.
Photos: Chris Paynter saw a few of his favorite things in Austria
The U.S. alpine skier fulfilled a lifelong dream while competing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games -- and the dream wasn't to win a gold medal. But he did that too.
Rising from the ashes
Costa Rican snowshoe athlete Kenneth Ramirez got the surprise of his life Wednesday when his coach presented him with replicas of the medals he lost in his family's house fire.
Remembering Special Olympics gold medalist Olivia Quigley.
Marty Smith pays his respects to two-time Special Olympics gold medalist Olivia Quigley, who died of cancer in November at 25 years old.
Photos: Seeing double at the World Winter Games
For many athletes, competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games meant traveling far from home -- and family. These competitors arrived in Austria with built-in support: their twin!
Muirhead seals Britain's place at Winter Olympics
Eve Muirhead sealed Great Britain's place at next year's Winter Olympics after reaching the play-off round of the Women's World Curling Championships in Beijing.
Cross-country skier Nikota Easterling is part of a modern family
Described as "compassionate," Easterling has been a sister to more than 100 foster children. The kindness she learned at home has translated to her Special Olympics teammates.
Mraz, VanderWaal perform at 2017 Special Olympics World Games.
Mraz teams up with VanderWaal -- an "America´s Got Talent" winner -- a choir of local children from Schladming and Special Olympics global messengers to perform "I Won't Give Up."
For U.S. World Games skier, conquering goals is a habit
Whether it's climbing 46 peaks in the Adirondacks or competing for the U.S. cross-country ski team at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, John Piestrzynski loves a good challenge.
Special Olympics skater born a dreamer.
At a very early age, Ian Rawn knew he wanted to be a figure skater. His devotion and determination has led him to the Special Olympics World Games.
Speedskating the perfect outlet for Tommy Shimoda
Barb Shimoda wasn't expecting her emotions to get the best of her when she saw her son take the ice at the World Games. But Special Olympics has given him a voice he would not have had otherwise.
The surprise for Australia's Kristian Sandercoe that was almost foiled
While at the World Winter Games, the Special Olympics Alpine skier got a curious message from his mentor, whom he hadn't seen in two years. He had to see for himself if it was a joke or not.
New country and sports help athlete thrive.
Mina Bahgat was born in the Middle East with limited access to resources for a child with special needs, but a move to the Netherlands and participation in the Special Olympics has helped him thrive.
Special Olympics World Winter Games: Being brave in the attempt
ESPN senior writer Alyssa Roenigk learned the true meaning behind the Special Olympics oath by competing in the Unified snowboarding giant slalom race in Austria.
Special Olympics snowshoer Nick Hilton disqualified after winning bronze
U.S. Special Olympics snowshoer Nick Hilton was headed to the podium in his snowshoeing event -- until a rule violation disqualified him. He wasn't alone: 50 other athletes were DQ'd in the 200M.
A difference of degree.
As the Special Olympics World Winter Games get underway, actor Theo Rossi challenges you to examine your own perceptions and prejudices.
Students from a New York City prep school step out of their comfort zone
The boys admit they didn't know what to expect when they joined a Special Olympics Unified hockey team in New York. But that was sort of the idea.
Floor hockey a positive for Kenyan Special Olympics athletes.
Kenya's only competitor in the Special Olympics World Games in Austria may have the odds stacked against them, but they are full of determination and ready to compete.
Shubham Shokeen's blades of courage
Born with a hole in his heart, and diagnosed with learning disabilities, 14-year-old Shubham Shokeen is determined to overcome the odds and win ice-skating gold at the Special Olympics in Graz.
How a Special Olympics athlete from Texas found figure skating
Tara Lipinski and a Pennsylvania fire department inspired figure skater Ian Rawn to reach for gold at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria (March 18-24).
Figure skater Sharita Taylor set to compete in Austria
Although only one of the Taylor sisters will represent the U.S. at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Shaye Taylor will be in the stands cheering on her twin, Sharita, as loudly as she can.
'He wears his heart on both sleeves, and on top of his hat.'
Like most athletes, British alpine skier James Millard is in Austria to win. In fact, he has trained for more than five years to do just that. But the inspiration goes beyond taking home a medal.
'Snowboarding is the light of her life'
Fifteen-year-old Faith Schroeder has a role model who has inspired people to push themselves and to love what they do. This role model is her aunt, Special Olympics snowboarder Daina Shilts.
Skill? Drive? Will to win? It's all of the above for Special Olympics athletes
Throughout the Special Olympics World Games, competitiveness and desire are heard and seen -- often. And at levels that can rival athletes in all realms.
Unique snowshoe training in warm climates.
Sport Science examines how athletes are able to train for snowshoeing in warm climates.
From sand to snow.
The three-person ski team from Florida haven't let a lack of snow stop them from reaching their Special Olympics dreams.
Photos: Everybody in! It's the 2017 Schladming Splash
To raise money for the Special Olympics, more than 100 brave souls jumped into cold, cold water at the World Winter Games in Austria. Their faces tell the story.
'If she's in water there's no need to worry'
Special Olympics: Swimming gives Shamita an outlet that her ADHD condition would normally close off; it also gives purpose to those who've helped her find her fins.
'I Run Like a Cheetah'
The friends of Special Olympics snowshoer Nick Hilton also compare him to an Energizer Bunny, and with a track record of winning lots of gold in his sport, he has earned those nicknames.
Costa Rican athlete's journey to the World Games.
Snowshoer Kenneth Meneses Ramirez grew up in rural Costa Rica with limited resources available to help him with his disability, but his strong internal desire to compete has led him to the Special Olympics World Games.
Kalin comes away with silver medal.
Erika Kalin and her guide Reinhart Schutz comment on Kalin's silver-medal victory in the cross-country skiing 10-kilometer freestyle at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Photos: Top moments from SOWG opening ceremony
Munich-based photographer Jakob Michael Berr shows what it was like to cover the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games -- in a rainstorm.
Helene Fischer returns to the stage at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games.
Helene Fischer returns to the stage at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games
'Carrying the heartbeat into the world'
The Flame of Hope started its journey in Athens. On Saturday, it arrived in Schladming, Austria, along with about 2,700 Special Olympics athletes for the opening ceremony.
In the summer, Special Olympics gold medalist Samuel Santos competes in open water swimming, but come winter, it's all about alpine skiing.
Ghana, Afghanistan denied visas to enter Austria
Leading up to the Special Olympics World Winter Games, the official number of nations competing was 107. But after an announcement this morning, there are now just 105.
'This is the biggest fun yet,' says Special Olympics figure skater Sharita Taylor
When Sharita Taylor and 'GMA' host Robin Roberts first met in the ESPN media room in Schladming, Austria, they found they had a common interest. And it led to a tweet from LeBron James.
Meet the multitalented Anna McDougal, a Special Olympics skier
Around town, Amy Burchstead is known as McDougal's sister. That's because McDougal makes friends everywhere she goes -- and she's making an impact in the Special Olympics and arts communities.
Foudy Does It: Special Olympics floor hockey.
espnW's Julie Foudy teams up with the El Cajon Gulls floor hockey team before it heads to Austria to represent the U.S. in the Special Olympics Winter World Games.
How the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Austria
When the Special Olympics athletes from Ireland were getting ready for Austria, they thought ahead and packed green glasses, hats and wigs, and brought their holiday to the streets of Schladming.
Distance no barrier for special Aussie skiing bond
Kristian Sandercoe has touched a lot of hearts in his 29 years and as he takes on the Austrian slopes, he'll have supporters from Australia's Snowy Mountains all the way to Switzerland.
Mexican figure skater Pablo Lazaro has the ability to bounce back
The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games gold medalist is gearing up for another run at this year's Games.
From operating table to Special Olympics World Games
Meg McFarlane was born with heart defects and her parents were told she might struggle to walk, but now she's a Special Olympics figure skater.
Watch the stories unfold at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria beginning March 18 on ABC and ESPN2.