How Climate Change Affects Your Winter Sports
Canceling the Maryland Games
Every year, Special Olympics Maryland hosts training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities, like this skier competing in the 2011 Winter Games. But because of higher temperatures and less snow, they canceled the 2012 Winter Games, the first time they have been canceled in 25 years.
“We had made several visits to the ski hill and there was more grass than snow,” Jason Schriml, VP of communications for the Maryland Special Olympics, said. “It was very disappointing for all the athletes, coaches, parents and people who had worked hard to plan this event."