Special Olympics: Together #WeAreMore

Dedication to sport is only part of the story. For the 2017 Special Olympics World Games, Microsoft proudly supported athletes pursuing their passions on and off the slopes.

In March 2017, 2700 athletes, 1100 coaches and 3000 volunteers came together in Austria for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Microsoft supported those athletes competing in the Games as they pursued their passions for sport and beyond.

Join them on their journey of discovery as they connected through sport and shared passions, illustrating #WeAreMore through inclusion, collaboration, and creativity.

Virginia Wade USA, Alpine Skier, Playwright

Ski practice all week and yet she still finds time to write a feature length musical. This is business as usual for Virginia Wade. Not only is she a Special Olympics alpine skier, she has just completed her first script, TUTU, based on her family’s six-month trek of the Appalachian Trail. Join her as she brings actor Josh Peck along to her home mountain in Washington for his first ever ski lesson. Following the bumps and falls on the bunny hill, Josh and Virginia workshop her musical and fine tune both of their acting skills through some well-timed improv ‘stage combat.’

Marvellous Adewopo, Nigeria, Floorhockey player, Artist

A two-hour bus ride each way to floor hockey practice every day is the definition of dedication. Meet Marvellous Adewopo, the Special Olympics athlete who lists floor hockey captain as just the top line of a long resume of artistic passions and athletic accomplishments. Join our fun loving goal scorer as he teaches top Lagos street artist Osa Seven how to dribble, pass and shoot on the floor hockey court. Then watch as our two artists work hand-in-hand to create an epic mural capturing the spirit of Marvellous’s Special Olympics floor hockey team.

Anton Grotz Germany, Snowshoer, Craftsman

Being the fastest on snow requires a training regimen that is diverse and constantly pushing you to new outer levels.

Anton Grotz has never seen a challenge he won’t take on full steam ahead, and that’s why he invited professional soccer player Daniele Bruno to train alongside him in preparation for the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Join Anton as he and Daniele drill together on the soccer field, fine tuning their agility, dribbling skills and power kicks. Our two athletes then take to the snow at Anton’s four-hundred-year-old family farm, where Anton shows Daniele what it means to run FAST on snow.