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A medalist in our midst

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Photo courtesy Nancy Walls Dalton Ray Pettigrew captures silver and bronze at last weekend’s Special Olympics state meet at Copper Mountain. Pettigrew competed in both slalom and giant slalom events.

Photo courtesy Nancy Walls
Dalton Ray Pettigrew captures silver and bronze at last weekend’s Special Olympics state meet at Copper Mountain. Pettigrew competed in both slalom and giant slalom events.

Dalton Ray Pettigrew, 12, of Pagosa Springs, brought home silver and bronze medals from this Sunday’s Special Olympics state meet at Copper Mountain.

This year, 550 athletes competed in a variety of events from alpine and cross country skiing to figure skating, ice racing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Pettigrew competed in the slalom and giant slalom events in the Intermediate Men’s Division, ages 12-15.

Pettigrew’s best run time for the giant slalom was 48 seconds. His time not only won him a silver medal, but was the fourth fastest time for the entire event of over 35 competitors of varying ages.

Pettigrew also brought home a bronze metal for the slalom event, with his best time being 42 seconds.

This was Pettigrew’s first year competing in the Colorado Special Olympics. He became a state qualifier during the regional event held two weeks ago at Cooper Mountain (near Leadville), where he captured gold in both slalom and giant slalom events.

Pettigrew began skiing three years ago and has been training vigorously all season at Wolf Creek Ski Area for this year’s slalom events.

Wayne Walls, who provided information about the Special Olympics to The SUN, would like to thank Wolf Creek Ski Area for providing free passes to all of the Special Olympic athletes training for the events.

shanti.johnson@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on March 6, 2014.