We are overwhelmed! The Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 were full of emotions, high-class sports and exuberant parties. Everyone experienced their own personal highlights and gained unforgettable experiences. Let us reminisce together.
On the eighth and last day of competitions, our athletes were once again in action in five sports and gave their best until the end.
The last award ceremonies followed before everyone spent the evening dancing, singing and celebrating together at the Closing Ceremony at the Brandenburger Tor.
But not only all the athletes gave their full commitment, but also all the people who helped in the background and made this great event possible in the first place.
We especially thank the irreplaceable volunteers, sports officials, visitors and simply everyone who was part of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023!
To underline what everyone has achieved together, here are a few facts and figures:
- 6,500 athletes
- 18,000 volunteers from 126 countries
- 9,000 family members
- 3,000 coaches and support staff
- 100,000 tickets sold for the competitions
- 15,000 Healthy Athletes® screenings
- 4002 medals (1st-3rd place), 6,670 ribbons (4th-8th place)
- 71 translators for Plain Language
- 1,100 referees
All this and more made this unique experience possible for everyone, but especially for our athletes.
The final party
At the very end we want to emphasize one thing: No one celebrates as well as we do – unbeatable together! First at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympiastadion, then at the Athletes' Party. And today at the Closing Ceremony, the great atmosphere was topped once again.
A total of 21,000 people celebrated exuberantly and full of joy, whether during the performance of Snap!, while dancing to the Games Song "Are You Ready" or while cheering the closing fireworks – the emotions boiled over and everyone was in each other's arms at the end.
We hope that many longlasting friendships were made and that we will all meet again sometime. Until then: get home safely and once again a big THANK YOU ALL!
Of course, we don't want to deprive you of the highlights of the last competition day. So, sit back once again and enjoy: