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Special Olympians take gold at summer games

Back, left to right are coach Karyn Sportel and Billy Scheffler. Middle, left to right are Allyson Estes and Amanda Nelson. Front, left to right are Crystal Krohnfeldt, Nicole Anderson and Hannah Poshek. (Contributed photo)

Six Special Olympic athletes from the Alexandria Area Gymnastic Club competed for medals at the 2013 State Summer Games that were held on June 21-22 at Stillwater High School.

Gymnasts competed in artistic and rhythmic exercises as Crystal Krohnfeldt and Amanda Nelson each won all-around gold at the event. Hannah Poshek took all-around silver, while Nicole Anderson won all-around bronze.

Individual event winners included Sarah Abbott in the rope/clubs exercise. Pam Thull won gold in the Ribbon exercise of the rhythmic events, as well.

In the Artistic events, Anderson and Nelson took gold on the vault. Krohnfeldt did the same on the beam, while Anderson, Krohnfeldt and Nelson all won gold on the floor exercise.

The golf and bocce seasons have begun in Alexandria for the summer. Volunteers are always welcome to help and those interested can contact coach Karyn Sportel at (320) 491-8759 or (320) 852-7664.


Alexandria Area Results

RHYTHMIC - ROPE/CLUBS - Gold - Sarah Abbott; Bronze - Pam Thull

RIBBON - Gold - Pam Thull; Silver - Abbott

HOOP - Bronze - Abbott, Thull

BALL - Silver - Abbott; Bronze - Thull

ARTISTIC - VAULT - Gold - Nicole Anderson, Amanda Nelson; Silver - Crystal Krohnfeldt, Hannah Poshek

BEAM - Gold - Krohnfeldt; Silver - Nelson; Bronze - Poshek; Sixth place - Anderson

FLOOR - Gold - Anderson, Krohnfeldt, Nelson; Silver - Poshek

UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS - Silver - Krohnfeldt, Poshek; Bronze - Nelson, Anderson

ALL AROUND - Gold - Krohnfeldt, Nelson; Silver - Poshek; Bronze - Anderson

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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