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Editor’s note: These updates are from the athletes’ coach Leonard Woodson and/or posts on the 2022 Special Olympics website. The latest is always at the top of the page.

Friday, June 10:

  • The Illinois flag football team beat Maryland 25-20 to win a gold medal. Big congratulations to Alex Anderson, Grayson Deeney and Riley Hoffman.

Thursday, June 9:

The Evanston athletes heading to the 2022 Special Olympics USA: back row, from left: Kirk Nelson, Alex Anderson, Riley Hoffman. Bottom row, Coach Leonard Woodson, Grayson Deeney and Caroline Colianne Credit: Wendi Kromash
  • Illinois’ flag football team beat Kentucky 25-13 and advanced to the final round, playing for the gold or silver medal Friday.
  • Caroline Colianne came in second place in the 800-meter run.
  • Kirk Nelson received a bronze medal in the benchpress, a bronze medal in the deadlift, a silver medal in squat lift, a silver medal in combined – total weight of squat, bench and deadlift.

Wednesday, June 8:

  • Caroline Colianne took fifth place in her 1,500-meter run and received her award today.
  • The flag football team got back on the winning track with yet another nail biting game against Pennsylvania. Illinois won 19-18. (Penn scored in the final minute but missed the extra point).

Tuesday, June 7:

  • Illinois’ flag football team lost to Tennessee in a nail biting 13-14 game, which called for overtime.
  • This screenshot (below) of a live broadcast of the 2022 Special Olympics shows Evanston athlete Caroline Colianne lining up for her morning heat in the finals of the 1,500-meter run at this year’s national competition in Orlando, Florida.
2022 Special Olympics USA update Tuesday, June 7 — This screeshot of a live broadcast shows Evanston athlete Caroline Colianne lining up for her heat in the finals of the 1,500-meter run at this year’s national competition in Orlando Florida. Credit: Wendi Kromash

Monday, June 6: Caroline had preliminaries in the 1,500 meter run, 800 meter run and shot put.

Alex, Grayson, and Riley had their first flag football game in pool play against a team from Iowa. Team Illinois won by a large margin 47-6 (coach tried hard to keep it from being a blowout). Kirk had weigh-ins today for powerlifting, but we don’t know yet when he will be competing.

Coming up: Look for Caroline tomorrow 7:40 a.m. CST the finals for her 1,500 meter run. In flag football, Team Illinois plays Team Tennessee around 10 a.m. CST.

Sunday, June 5: A hot day with the temperature feeling like it was 95F during the Opening Ceremonies.

Wendi Kromash

Wendi Kromash is curious about everything and will write about anything. She tends to focus on one-on-one interviews with community leaders, recaps and reviews of cultural events, feature stories about...

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