Albuquerque Special Olympians return home

ALBUQUQUERQUE (KRQE)- This year’s Special Olympic games in Los Angeles was massive. It had 6,500 athletes from 165 nations competing in 25 events. Three athletes from Albuquerque competed, and didn’t come back with nine medals between them.

Rebecca Armador was one of the athletes. She competing in most of the gymnastic events and came home with two gold Medals and a bronze Medal.

One of the local athletes even received national attention on ESPN. Jeannie Garriss won three gold medals out at the Olympics and her gold medal performance in Rhythmic Dance was showcased on ESPN. Gariss handled the pressure of this event really well, even with the thousands of people in attendance.

“I was a little bit nervous but I was okay doing it. It was fun. I give it 2 thumbs up and go USA”, said Garriss.

The final local athlete to medal at the 2015 Special Olympic Games was Matthew Scates, who competed in team golf. He along with his partner without a disability, Todd Phillips, went on to take a bronze medal at the games. Scates will never forget that moment of playing for his country.

“It was just amazing. If someone could walk in my shoes that I walked in that day, they would feel the same way I felt. What I took away from this experience is knowing that if you give it all and you try your hardest. You can do things that you don’t think you can do,” said Scates. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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