HERMON - Athletes standing atop a podium - medals hanging from their necks. It's not Sochi, but for those competing in the Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock County Special Olympics, it's the next best thing.
Although the Special Olympics are held annually, this year has an added importance, as it coincides with the 2014 winter games.
"A lot of our athletes have talked about how they're doing the same things athletes are doing overseas in Sochi," says Bernie Oster, the Area Manager for the Special Olympics.
Adds Steve Ribble, who works as a member of the ski patrol at Hermon, "I think it makes it that much more important for the athletes. And these guys are athletes."
Those volunteering at the Special Olympics say they get as much out of it as the athletes, calling competitors inspiring.
Jaclyn Cangro joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in September of 2013. She was raised in suburban New York and graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.
While at Emerson, she won the 2012 New England Emmy Award for Best College Newscast as co-executive producer. She was also nationally ranked by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) as one of the Top 20 Sports Broadcasters in the country, being one of two females on the list.
When not on the air, she enjoys watching and rooting for the New York Mets and New England Patriots.
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