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Minnesota's Special Olympians win 100 medals

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Special Olympics Minnesota’s athletes represented Team Minnesota at the USA Games in a major way. Collectively, the team brought home more than 100 medals.

Golfer, Katie Timmer, was among the selected athletes to compete at the USA Games in New Jersey earlier this month.

“I just want to have fun and give the athletes high fives,” Timmer said with a smile, holding the gold medal hanging around her neck.

Timmer practices her swing often. The young golfer loves nothing more than to score par.

“My favorite memory is competing, myself with the team,” she reflected in the front yard of her Minneapolis home.

Timmer’s sportsmanship and dedication is what earned her the gold medal.

“It looks so good on my neck," Timmer said. "A lot of good memories."

“She was golfing with men this time and taking them down, too!” Pat Timmer, Katie’s coach and mother exclaimed.

Pat Timmer told Fox 9 News she never takes for granted all Special Olympics has done in in her daughter's life.

“In my estimation it's given her life, a life that's inclusive and makes a contributing person in terms of society,” she said through teary eyes. “When Katie was born, they suggested she be institutionalized. So, we've come a long way, and we've got a long way to go in terms of inclusion -- but it's gotten a lot better."

Inclusion is the focus of Special Olympics Minnesota. President Dave Dorn said 30 athletes returned with medals. Furthermore, at the closing ceremony, Team Minnesota’s flag football team was selected to take down the USA flag for exhibiting exemplary sportsmanship.

More Special Olympics competitions and events will be held throughout the year. To learn more, visit specialolympicsminnesota.org.

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