Vienna, March 27: Indian special athlete bagged 73 medals in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria. Notably, while representing India in this competition the Special Olympics Bharat team won 37 golds, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals.
India dominated in three team events - Floor Hockey (male), Unified Floorball and Traditional Floorball bagging 30 medals in total which was the highest tally in a single day. Along with this, the special women team also won 16 bronze medals.
An important gold medal came in The Unified Floorball (Male) event where India defeated Nigeria while the Floor Hockey team crushed Lithuania 7-2. India took its tally to 73 medals by winning 8-0 against Austria.
India also won 10 medals in Alpine skiing including 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The snowboarding team also came out all guns blazing bagging 8 medals that included 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
5 more medals came in Snow Shoeing and 4 medals were won in Speed and figure skating. In the process, Himachal’s Megha became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the games which were held in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau in Austria.
However, the year’s edition witnessed 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries competing with each other. This year’s Olympics included even disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball), at the mega event.
Importantly, during the last edition of the event, in Pyongchang, South Korea, India had secured a total of 46 medals. Sanjay Kumar from Himachal Pradesh was one of the biggest stars of India’s campaign, securing two golds in snowboarding.
Earlier, in the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015, Indian athletes won a total of 173 medals, including 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals. In 2011 also India had won 156 medals (56 gold, 48 silver and 52 bronze medals) at Athens.