Special Olympics Athletes Welcomed to Los Angeles with Fun and Games

Athletes arrived from around the world ahead of the World Games opening ceremony July 25.

Athletes competing in the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics World Games geared up for the fun with a fair hosted at the Pomona Fairplex Wednesday.

Pomona, along with La Verne and Claremont, are three of the 2015 World Games host towns in Southern California, and welcomed more than 300 athletes from 17 countries to the region with a carousel, food booths and games.

"It’s taking part, having fun, and winning the medals," said South Isle of Man athlete Nicola Woodridge.

The Special Olympics torch also made an appearance, carried by athletes and officers from the Pomona and La Verne police departments.

The torch, known as the Flame of Hope, will make it final stop at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will kick off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on July 25.

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