LARAMIE – The Gem City was swarming with athletes, as Laramie welcomed the 2019 Special Olympics Wyoming Summer Game participants and their families this past week.

Owen St. Clair wins a gold medal in the 100-meter dash on Saturday at Deti Stadium. Owen attends Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete and runs for the Riverton Special Olympics team. (LaramieLive.com photos/TOM KOCAL)

The friendly competition for the Summer Games took place from Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11, at Old Deti Stadium and several other venues in Laramie. Basketball events were held at Corbett Gym, the UW field house, and the Laramie Rec center, with Track and Field events at Deti Stadium. Swimming events were held at Laramie High School.

Tania Beltran and Stephanie Sosa show off their 1st- and 3rd-place medals after competing in the 200-meter dash. Tania competes for the Carbon County Special Olympics team, while Stephanie runs for Teton Schools near Jackson. Not available for the photo was 2nd-place winner Marlen Sosa-Sanchez of Sublette County.

Awards ceremonies took place immediately after each competition. Every athlete displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the event, cheering for every competitor, win or lose. The Elvis Presley-themed Victory Banquet was held at the High School.

Visit sowy.org for more information, or visit the Special Olympics Wyoming Facebook page for updates.