Covering Pike County: Hundreds of athletes compete in Special Olympics

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Troy, Ala. (WSFA) -- Hundreds of athletes put on a display of courage and sportsmanship Saturday at the 34th annual Special Olympics.

The games took place on the campus of Troy University and throughout the city of Troy.

For many it was a chance to strut their stuff.   Athletes from across the state competed in a several events ranging from aquatics to track and field.

Win or lose, it's all about having fun.

"The athletes get quite excited, they can get fifth place, sixth place, it doesn't matter.  They get a ribbon and it puts a smile on their face, that's what it's all about, " said athletics director Jim Barnes.

A special closing ceremony wraps up this year's games Sunday.

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