Lexington Special Olympics athlete earns bronze in World Winter Games

 ROHRMOOS, AUSTRIA (WTVQ) – Lexington Special Olympics skier Patrick Tutsch claimed a bronze medal in the Super G slalom event in Austria on Sunday.

Tutsch placed 7th in his division of the giant slalom at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Tutsch had a tremendous qualifying run yesterday, but like many skiers today struggled with difficult snow conditions. He finished the event with a two-run total time of 7:36.68. Enoc Laborda of Spain won the division.

Kelly McCormick of Louisville, Kentucky’s only other representative on the Special Olympics USA Team, grabbed the gold medal in her division of the giant slalom with a time of 6:40.26.

Both Tutsch and McCormick will compete in the slalom beginning tomorrow.  The finals will be held on Thursday.

The 2017 World Winter Games are bringing together more than 2,500 athletes from 170 countries.

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