After months of preparation the South Sioux City Floor Hockey team, their coaches and 1 police officer are heading to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2013 World Winter Games.
Detective Kevin Wiese of the Omaha Police Department will be travelling ahead of the athletes to run across South Korea representing Nebraska in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The LETR Final Leg Team consists of an international team of 133 members including 95 Law Enforcement Officer runners, 10 Special Olympics athletes, and support personnel who will serve as Guardians of the Flame as they run the Flame of Hope throughout the Republic of Korea. They will deliver the Flame to Opening Ceremonies on January 29.
The South Sioux City Floor Hockey team was selected to represent the United States as Team USA Floor Hockey. The South Sioux City team is traveling to Los Angeles to join with the other 213 members of Team USA before departing for Korea on January 25.
The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games take place January 29-February 5. In addition to floor hockey, Team USA will compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, speed skating and figure skating.
This is the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games. It will unite more than 2,400 athletes from more than 110 countries in PyeongChang and Gangneung, South Korea. Up to 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are expected to attend.