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Local Athlete Prepares for Special Olympics World Games

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Great Falls Resident Wynter Gazzero turned 34 while she was in Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

32 years ago, Wynter was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after she got a bad flu. 

Now, Wynter is the perfect example of how a special Olympics athlete can take huge leaps. Especially when it comes to conquering her toughest event.

"When we started couldn't do, like walking across the beam," says Wynter's coach Cassy Lewis. "To take a step on the beam was the hardest thing for her. We started with a belt that we would walk across from her, and now she can take almost seven steps by herself. Which is huge."

Wynter will compete in a total of four different events at the World games in Los Angeles: Vault, beam, bars and floor. It's an accomplishment that she and her coach have worked for.

"It's hard to put in words," says Lewis. "It's almost tear jerking. Because she's here with us and to see her go from such a hard place in her life to be able to able to be an athlete at all for her. It's a beautiful thing to watch."

"I feel proud. That I was decided to be picked." says Wynter.

Before she took off for California, Wynter was one of six athletes honored at the send-off event in Great Falls.

And now Wynter will have a bigger stage where she can continue to prove people wrong, no matter how large of a leap she'll have to take.

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