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Utah Special Olympics athletes return home

SALT LAKE CITY — Athletes who competed in the World Special Olympics returned home to show off their medals on Friday.

Crowds of family and friends welcomed the Olympians home after they competed alongside 3,000 athletes from 166 countries in Korea for the 2013 World Special Olympics.

Utah athlete Chase Lodder won three silver medals in snowboarding in the slalom, giant slalom and super-G categories, and he said the competition was a great experience.

“It’s been amazing, and I’m glad that I’m back,” he said. “It’s been a great adventure.”

Amy Hansen works with Special Olympics Utah, and she said the events are great for fostering relationships.

“Our athletes had a great time,” she said. “The best part of the world competition for them is the friendships that they create and the other athletes that they get to meet.”

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