ESPN’s global coverage of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2017, will begin March 18 — just one month away — with a live three-hour special capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the World Winter Games Opening Ceremony. This is ESPN’s first-ever live coverage of the World Winter Games.
From Sunday, March 19, through Friday, March 24, a nightly program – Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 – will bring viewers the stories, competition showcase, interviews and more from Austria.
“Special Olympics reflects all the very best aspects of sports – its power to inspire, forge bonds, build confidence and impact lives,” said Russell Wolff, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, ESPN International. “As storytellers and sports lovers, the World Winter Games represents an incredible opportunity for ESPN to showcase amazing stories of perseverance, strength, acceptance and inclusion to a global audience. These are remarkable athletes and we’re extraordinarily excited to tell their stories around the world.”