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Special Olympians welcomed home following national competition

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From left to right: Sara Brandau, Andy White and Michele Drendel. From left to right: Sara Brandau, Andy White and Michele Drendel.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - After months of training and preparation, Wisconsin Special Olympics athletes were welcomed home Thursday in La Crosse.

La Crosse area athletes gathered at the Black River Community Center following their appearance at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey. They shared their memories, photos and medals from their trip as they ate pizza together.

Many athletes compete in multiple sports. Andy White, Sara Brandau and Michele Drendel have all competed in a variety of activities under Special Olympics.

In New Jersey, White became the first Wisconsin athlete to win gold after participating in power lifting. Brandau took second in her power lifting competition, and Drendel finished first in her division of gymnastics competition.

Special Olympics Wisconsin serves 180 communities and nearly 10,000 athletes within the state. Globally, Special Olympics provides opportunities to 3.7 million athletes.

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