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Friederichs takes gold in bocce singles

Anne Friederichs (middle) gets a kiss on the cheek from her dad and mom, Bob and Barb Friederichs after she took gold in the singles competition at the National Special Olympics Bocce tournament. (Contributed)

Anne Friederichs capped off a successful week at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey by taking gold in bocce singles, silver in team and fourth in doubles.

The USA games were kicked off with an opening ceremony on Sunday, June 15, with Friederichs’ bocce competitions starting the next day.

Bocce events started on June 16 and ended on June 19 with the competition taking place at the College of New Jersey outside of Trenton. After the bocce events wrapped up, Friederichs and her family stayed for the closing ceremonies on Friday, June 20.

Friederichs said it was fun competing with athletes from across the country and seeing the sights of New Jersey. Doing well at the competition was an added bonus.

“I felt very good when I got those two awards,” Friederichs said.

While in New Jersey, athletes also had the opportunity to take a cruise around the Hudson River to see the Statue of Liberty and other sights, and watch a baseball game at Arm and Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey.

“It’s more than just about the athletes, it’s about the opportunity to show off people with disabilities and all their abilities, and how they rock the world,” Anne Friederichs’ mother Barb Friederichs said. “In this big national event, it’s all about them.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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