Games take place
About 6,000 athletes
from 107 countries
compete in 19
table tennis, team
Unifi ed Sports are
into the Games.
1987 1989 1993
1986 1988 1991
The Fifth Special Olympics
World Winter Games are
hosted in Austrian cities of
Salzburg and Schladming.
These are the fi rst World
Games held outside
The International Olympic
Committee (IOC) signs a historic
agreement with Sargent and
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, in which
the IOC offi cially endorses and
recognizes Special Olympics.
During the Winter Olympic
Games in Calgary, Juan Antonio
Samaranch, the president of the
International Olympic Committee,
offi cially recognizes Special
Olympics on behalf of the IOC.
The United Nations launches
the International Year of Special
Olympics under the banner “Special
Olympics – Uniting the World.”
More than 30,000 law enforcement offi cers from all 50
U.S. states and seven diff erent countries run 26,000 miles
to raise $2 million in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for
Special Olympics offi cially launches
Unifi ed Sports, a new initiative aimed
at bringing together people with and
without intellectual disabilities on
the same team.
The Fourth Special Olympics World
Winter Games take place in Reno,
Nevada, and Lake Tahoe, California.
More than 1,000 athletes from 27
countries compete in alpine skiing,
cross-country skiing, speed skating,
fi gure skating, and fl oor hockey
JULY 31 – AUG 8
The Seventh International Special Olympics
Summer Games are held at the University of
Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College in South
Bend, Indiana. More than 4,500 athletes
participate from all 50 states and U.S.
territories and more than 60 countries.
Offi cial sports are aquatics, athletics,
basketball, bowling, gymnastics, soccer,
softball, volleyball, and wheelchair events;
demonstration sports are cycling, equestrian,
roller-skating, table tennis, tennis, and weightlifting.
The Games also feature exhibitions
for canoeing and team handball, and clinics
are held in rowing, sailing, and synchronized
swimming. ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” fi lms
the Games for a primetime special.
“A Very Special Christmas,” a benefi t album
featuring holiday music by top rock ‘n’ roll
performers, is released worldwide. It is
produced by Jimmy and Vicki Iovine of A&M
Records and Bobby Shriver, with all earnings
going to Special Olympics. More than 2 million
copies are sold.
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