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June 20, 2014

Norman native wins medals in aquatic events at Special Olympics

NORMAN — With one day left in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games, athletes from across Oklahoma continue to win medals in various events.

Competing as Team Oklahoma, athletes represent many communities across the state, including Broken Arrow, Jenks, Morris, Catoosa, Lawton, Oklahoma City and Norman.

Ashley Kohlun, 34, a Norman native on the team, competed this week in aquatic events.

Kohlun took the gold medal in the 200-yard breast stroke and the silver in the 100-yard free style Wednesday in New Jersey, where the games are being hosted.

Donna Ham, Special Olympics Oklahoma marketing and communications director, has been involved with the event for 11 years. Ham said she has known Kohlun to be heavily involved in the Olympic games since her time there.

Kohlun also serves as a global messenger for Special Olympics Oklahoma, promoting special Olympics programs within the Norman community.

Team Oklahoma is made up of more than 50 Special Olympic athletes this year, competing in athletics, aquatics, unified bocce, unified bowling and unified flag football.

For more information, visit sook.org/usa-games.html.

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