Gold medalist surprises Mead's Developmental Olympics

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 7:52 PM

MEAD, Wash. -- A school psychologist in the Mead School District started a mission to inspire a special group of students.

They came together for the annual Developmental Olympics, where a US Olympic gold medalist made a surprise appearance Thursday.

Mead School District psychologist, Lindy Terry, has helped organize the Developmental Olympics for the past five years.

“So often we are in meetings with the families and the students that we saw out here today, and this is where we get to see their strengths and we get to see them shine and see all the things that they can do,” said Terry.

These children hold a special place in gold medal winner, Dan O’Brien’s heart. O’Brien won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

He just happened to be in town and at the school promoting a new line of fitness equipment. He said he felt a strong desire to show his support for the children.

“It’s really cool. I’ve been involved with the Special Olympics for quite a few years in Arizona, and Oregon and Idaho back in the past," O'Brien said. "And to see this going on and the community involvement, it was really fun.”

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