BANGOR, Maine -- (NEWS CENTER) Sweat, exhaustion, and hours of practice are apart of the grueling equation to becoming a better athlete. The Special Olympics provides the opportunity for children and adults with disabilities to compete in a variety of Olympic-type sports.
These athletes train five days a week for two hours all year-round. Special Olympic athlete, Caitlyn Gunn loves gliding across the ice in her speed skating competitions. This 29-year-old has down syndrome and is thankful for her mentor.
"One of my coaches, Jeff he has been pushing me and pushing me to go to nationals for speed skating. "
Gunn is going to the summer national games in New Jersey. Not for speed skating, instead she's competing in the bocce competition. Her coach, Jeff Bosse explained that he gains an indescribable feeling of happiness when working with with Gunn.
"Teaching her how to cross over on the ice, how to speed past her opponent. It's just really pushing her competitively. Talking to her about strategy."
Bosse also said, "a disability means absolutley nothing when they are on the playing field."
Disability or not, these athletes have a passion to compete.