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Lawlor takes fourth at Special Olympics USA Games

Champions were revealed in 40 New Hampshire Special Olympics athletes last week as they competed in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games with 3,500 athletes from around the country.

New Hampshire athletes participated in eight of 16 sports offered at the Games, and each one returned home with a medal or ribbon.

Megan Lawlor of Peterborough earned fourth in the mini-javelin toss.

In all, Team New Hampshire left Mercer County, N.J. with more than 50 medals, including 21 golds and 15 silvers and many personal bests. But the athletes achieved much more than medals – they developed lifelong friendships with teammates from within and outside of New Hampshire, they gained independence as they lived in college dormitories, ate in dining halls and participated in entertaining activities and they gained confidence as they each completed their events to the roar of crowds larger than most of them had ever seen. An estimated 70,000 spectators attended the Games over the course of the week.

In addition to competition, the Games provided a boardwalk-style Olympic town just for athletes, a Hudson River cruise by the New York City skyline at sunset, and a trip to a Trenton Thunder baseball game.

Many athletes said it was the best experience of their lives.

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