Top Moments From the Special Olympics

The 2015 Special Olympics kicked off in Los Angeles this week, with 6,500 athletes from 165 countries — the largest number to meet in Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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A Special Olympic athlete jumps across the finish line in Long Beach on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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Athletes from Greece enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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First Lady Michelle Obama declares the 2015 Special Olympics World Games officially open during the opening ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Athletes from Brazil enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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U.S athletes, right, are greeted by volunteers and athletes from the Great Britain as they enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Stevie Wonder performs during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olymaics World Games, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Cheerleader Tiana DiMassa, 14, of Garden Grove, Calif., leaves the stadium after her performance at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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A volunteer records the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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The lights at LAX were colored to welcome Special Olympic Athletes to Los Angeles on Monday, July 20, 2015.
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Noah Dellas, a 17-year-old from South New Jersey hit the water first at Alamitos Beach and never looked back, winning the triathlon that kicked off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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Dustin Plunkett, 33, was bulled as a child, but is now a former athlete, member of the Special Olympics Southern California board of directors and ESPN analyst for the World Games, Michelle Valles reports for NBC4 News.
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Children dance at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more that 7,000 athletes from 165 countries participating.
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Two Special Olympic athletes from the U.S. finish the half mile swim as part of the triathlon competition in Long Beach on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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Special Olympic delegates from Costa Rica huddle together on the first day of competition in Long Beach on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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A Special Olympic volleyball player prepares to serve on the first day of competition in Long Beach on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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Fans cheer for American Special Olympic athletes on the first day of competition in Long Beach on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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The Special Olympics torch arrives in Los Angeles ahead of the start of the World Games in July 2015.
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