Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Ticket feature: Special Olympics equestrian competition set

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File photo Clovis and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico are to host the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Game this weekend. Freedom New Mexico Clovis and the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team are hosting the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Games Friday and Saturday. The equestrian event for the Special Olympics started […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

Being their best

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Special Olympics athlete Don Roper of Clovis competes in the pole bending event Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo One of the six major state Special Olympics New Mexico events took place Friday and Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Forty-four athletes competed in the six […]

Senior Olympics deadline approaching

Senior athletes in New Mexico who qualified for the 32nd Annual Senior Olympics State Summer Games are encouraged to register. The state Senior Olympics will be held in Las Cruces July 28 through Aug. 1. The Summer Games are open to all New Mexico residents age 50 and older who qualified at local sanctioned games […]

Thursday morning briefing: Senior Olympics to start

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing. According to KVII meteorologist Steve Kersh, “Thursday should be a splendid spring day with sunny skies and highs in the 60s to near 70 degrees. The winds will be howling again this weekend with the next t-storm chances set for next Monday and Tuesday.”

Letters to the Editor: Lack of respect shown at Olympics

Lack of respect shown at Olympics The Olympic Games are something I look forward to every four years because I enjoy sports and I’ll watch almost anything that gets me away from one rerun after another. One of the things I enjoy about the Games are the medal ceremonies. When our anthem is played it’s […]

Special Olympics cancels events in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Special Olympics Texas has canceled its spring games across the state amid concerns about swine flu. Games that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Houston, Wichita Falls, Dallas, Waco, Amarillo, San Antonio, Laredo and the Gulf Coast area have been canceled and will not be rescheduled. The move comes a day […]

Senior Olympics waives pre-qualifying

This year only, New Mexico Senior Olympics is open to all state residents age 50 and up with no pre-qualifying needed. The organization is also introducing online registration at www.nmseniorolympics.org. Registration deadline is May 6. This year’s New Mexico Senior Olympics is May 27-31 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Competitions include track, […]

Former ENMU standout ran in 1972 Olympics

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Courtesy photo Mike Boit pictured in ENMU’s 1973 Silver Pack annual. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of articles of athletes with eastern New Mexico ties who participated in the Olympics. Former Eastern New Mexico University cross country and track standout Mike Boit participated in the […]

Tough morning for American hammer throwers

American hammer throwers had a tough morning in Beijing and none of the three advanced to the medal round at the U.S. Olympics.

Many China actions more troubling than lip-syncing

Freedom New Mexico There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and […]

Golf course manager: Olympics just another race

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Courtesy photo Rex Maddaford of Tucumcari competed in distance running events during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of stories on Olympians with ties to eastern New Mexico.

Special Olympics money lost

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Chris Morgan said she is having a hard time forgiving herself. She’s already making more blankets to sell and maybe she’ll organize a yard sale. She’s determined her daughter and other area Special Olympics athletes won’t have to skip a beat. Saturday morning, Morgan said she got an oil […]

Tucumcari Olympian making headlines

Internet Web sites are loaded with features and news reports related to former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell, who is competing in the Summer Olympics.

Helping children good place to start

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I read a commentary by Bill Glass, founder of Bill Glass Ministries. He told of an incident at a Seattle Special Olympics event some years ago. Bill Glass holds a distinct interest in issues dealing with the handicapped because he has a grandson with Down’s Syndrome. The games had started […]

Editors’ Notebook: Hammer throw Aug. 18

Staff reports Opening ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are Friday but we’ll have to wait 10 days more to watch former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell compete in the women’s hammer throw.

Tucumcari product headed to Olympics

A former Tucumcari athlete has qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Pelosi’s Olympic request selective

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist When Nancy Pelosi is featured on SportsCenter, it somehow gets my attention. The California Democrat and Speaker of the House is turning her attention to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and to President George W. Bush. She’s calling on Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics to […]

Back in the saddle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cynthia Fiala of Albuquerque competes Saturday in the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Games at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Fiala also participated in the Ireland International Special Olympics Equestrian Games in 2003. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cynthia Fiala rode her mustang, “Dusty,” through a barrel race […]