DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Iowa Special Olympics Winter Games wrapped up in Dubuque on Wednesday. Athletes spent the last few days competing on snow and ice.
The finals of the 200 meter snow shoe competition is something some athletes train all year for.
Ashlyn Paper said, "Actually I've been exercising a lot. That helps. All that running. "
Athletes from all over the state are trudging through the snow with high hopes.
Jack Mortimer said, " you try to get first. "
The athletes say they depend on encouragement from the crowd and they love boasting about what they've earned.
Jill Mack said, "3rd place for the 800 meter. 1st place for the 400 and another 1st place from the relay."
And while this is the moment many of the them dream about, receiving the coveted gold medal, sometimes just being among friends is really all they need.
More than 400 athletes competed in the Iowa Special Olympics this year.
That's a record number for the winter games.