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Youngest Special Olympian Ever to Compete Wins Gold in Stevens Point

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Stevens Point is celebrating its 30th year as host of the Special Olympics Summer Games...and it's turning into an event full of surprises.

The action continues through Saturday, as thousands of athletes from around the state compete at the UW-Stevens Point campus.

Gianna Mia Rose is only eight months old, but already she is an inspiration to everyone around her, and especially her soon-to-be adoptive parents.

Debbie and Charles Nevsimal, who live near Milwaukee, are in the process of adopting little Gianna, so they came to the Special Olympics to discover what the games are all about.

Gianna was an instant hit, when she entered the softball toss and won first place.

"We went over to the softball toss and there was nobody else competing in her age group and so we decided to give her a shot. She didn't throw the ball very far, but she did her best and that's all that really matters," said Charles Nevsimal.

The couple supports the games, noting that competition is great for everyone, regardless of capabilities.

Once Gianna gets older, they plan to make sure to get her involved with Special Olympics.

Of course there are athletes of all ages competing this weekend and continuing to spread the organization's mission, that is to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and of course have fun.


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