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The mascot for the Shanghai 2007 Special Olympics, displayed in Pudong in front of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities, organized by Special Olympics.

Like the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, the Special Olympics World Games include summer and winter versions, and are held every four years. The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1968. The first International Special Olympics Winter Games were held in February 1977 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA.

In 1991, the name was officially changed from International Special Olympics Summer or Winter Games to Special Olympics World Summer or World Winter Games.

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Summer and Winter Games

  Summer Special Olympics World Games
Year Games Date Host City Country
1968 International Special Olympics Summer Games I July 20 1968 Chicago, Illinois USA
1970 International Special Olympics Summer Games II August 13-15 1970 Chicago, Illinois USA
1972 International Special Olympics Summer Games III August 13-18 1972 Los Angeles, CA USA
1975 International Special Olympics Summer Games IV August 8-13 1975 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan USA
1979 International Special Olympics Summer Games V August 8-13 1979 Brockport, New York USA
1983 International Special Olympics Summer Games VI July 12-18 1983 Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
1987 International Special Olympics Summer Games VII July 31-August 1 1987 South Bend, Indiana USA
1991 Special Olympics World Summer Games VIII July 19-27 1991 Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota USA
1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games IX July 1-9 1995 New Haven, Connecticut USA
1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games X June 26-July 4 1999 Durham, North Carolina USA
2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games XI June 21-29 2003 Dublin Ireland
2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games XII October 2-11 2007 Shanghai China
2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games XIII June 25- July 4, 2011 Athens Greece
  Winter Special Olympics World Games
Year Games Date Host City Country
1977 International Special Olympics Winter Games I February 5-11 1977 Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA
1981 International Special Olympics Winter Games II March 8-13 1981 Smugglers' Notch and Stowe, Vermont USA
1985 International Special Olympics Winter Games III March 24-29 1985 Park City, Utah USA
1989 International Special Olympics Winter Games IV April 1-8 1989 Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, California USA
1993 Special Olympics World Winter Games V March 20-27 1993 Salzburg and Schladming Austria
1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games VI February 1-8 1997 Toronto and Collingwood, Ontario Canada
2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games VII March 4-11 2001 Anchorage, Alaska USA
2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games VIII February 26 - March 4 2005 Nagano Japan
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games* IX February 6-13 2009 Boise, Idaho USA

(*) - Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, was originally the host city of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. However, due to "unknown circumstances", the city gave hosting rights back to Special Olympics.

Summer sports

Winter Sports

See also

External links

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