Team Minnesota trains for U.S. Special Olympic games in New Jersey

By KBJR News 1

June 1, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Every four years the Special Olympics hold the USA Summer Games. There, athletes will compete in 14 official and three demonstration sports.

But with June 14th still days away, members of Team Minnesota's athletics team could be seen through Sunday's fog on the Hermantown High School track and field course, getting ready for the games.

With three races scheduled for the week, 33–year–old Dave Lane has his training cut out for him.

"I'll be doing the 5K, 10K, and the relay," said Lane, in between training.

But Lane says he knows his strongest race will be the 10K "because I'm more of a distance guy," he added.

Like the others, Lane has been following a weekly training regiment.
But he says he also trains through running other area races. Lane says that will help with his confidence going into June 14th.

"We'll just do my best," smiled Lane, "and just hopefully I can stay with the pack."

Another racer who's no stranger to competition is 16–year–old Connor Nordvall.

The Duluth All Star team member helped his team come home with the gold in March for basketball. Now, he'll be racing in the 4, the 8, the mile, and the 4x1 relay.

"I just like training, and doing my best out there, whatever I can do," said Nordvall, on the course, "y'know, bring home the gold for the team."

Nordvall says he expects his strongest point will be the relay.

"I did track in school, and high school," said Nordvall, "and I just train for the 100 and keep doing it. I'm really quick."

Until then, it's more training for athletes hoping to give it their all, and make Minnesota proud this summer.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA games will run June 14th through the 21st.

Billy Wagness
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