McCormick, Tutsch Complete Qualifying for Giant Slalom
Today was qualifying day for the giant slalom at the World Winter Games for Kentucky skiers Kelly McCormick of Louisville and Patrick Tutsch of Lexington. McCormick completed the course in 3:19.86. Tutsch had another great qualifying run, finishing in 1:19.11.
Both will ski for medals in the giant slalom final tomorrow morning in Rohrmoos, Austria. Tutsch won the bronze in the Super G, his first event at the Games. McCormick finished fourth in her Super G division.
The 2017 World Winter Games are bringing together more than 2,500 athletes from 170 countries. This is the second time that Austria has hosted the World Games, making it only the third city ever to host the Special Olympics World Games more than once. Schladming, Austria, which is also serving as a host site this year, hosted the 1993 Winter Games. Chicago hosted the first two Special Olympics World Games in 1968 and 1970. Los Angeles hosted the World Summer Games in 1972 and again in 2015.
For more information about Kentucky’s athletes at the World Winter Games, contact Mark Buerger, Special Olympics Kentucky Director of Communications and External Relations at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.