In Graz, Austria: The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 will be staged in Austria. Special Olympics announced today that Graz and Schladming in Styria, Austria, will host the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

In 2017, Austria will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine Olympic-type winter sports.  The Special Olympics World Winter Games returns to Austria, the location of the fifth Special Olympics World Winter Games in 1993 in Salzburg and Schladming. 1,600 athletes from 63 nations competed in five sports in these Games, which were the first World Games held outside the United States.

Michigan's Special Olympics Program will be sending a total of 8 athletes. 2 in Alpine, 2 in Snowshoe and 3 in Cross Country