Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremony honors bravery

Cuban Special Olympics athletes Lilianni Salgado and Darianny Urtado hand off the torch to USA Special Olympics athlete Destiny Sanchez. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin Senior Staff)

Cuban Special Olympics athletes Lilianni Salgado and Darianny Urtado hand off the torch to USA Special Olympics athlete Destiny Sanchez. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin Senior Staff)

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When the 165 delegations of athletes walked into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday night they weren’t holding their nations’ flags. Instead, they were holding each other, walking hand in hand, raising their arms, reaching up.


Coach Jim Mora began his Pac-12 Media Day session by saying that he still hasn't decided on his starting quarterback. (Matthew Joye/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Coach Jim Mora began his Pac-12 Media Day session by saying that he still hasn't decided on his starting quarterback. (Matthew Joye/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Chevy Peters, 31, has been powerlifting for the last seven years. He said he has been dreaming of going to the World Summer Games ever since he started competing back in 2008. (Miriam Bribiesca/ Daily Bruin senior staff)
Chevy Peters, 31, has been powerlifting for the last seven years. He said he has been dreaming of going to the World Summer Games ever since he started competing back in 2008. (Miriam Bribiesca/ Daily Bruin senior staff)


(Daniel Alcazar/Daily Bruin senior staff)
(Daniel Alcazar/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Rising junior Brett Stephens is spending his summer with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. This is the outfielder's second year in a row in the prestigious league. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Rising junior Brett Stephens is spending his summer with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. This is the outfielder's second year in a row in the prestigious league. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

A group of runners, including athletes and law enforcement officers, carried the Special Olympics torch toward a crowd of about 100 people in Westwood Village on Thursday afternoon. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
A group of runners, including athletes and law enforcement officers, carried the Special Olympics torch toward a crowd of about 100 people in Westwood Village on Thursday afternoon. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

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