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Trujillo to snowboard in Special Olympics World Games


Last updated 2/12/2009 at Noon

Patti Trujillo of Fallbrook practices snowboarding at a training camp in preparation for competing at the Special Olympics World Games in Boise, ID.

Lifelong Fallbrook resident Patti Trujillo will compete in snowboarding at the Special Olympics World Games in Boise, ID, February 7-13.

The 21-year-old Trujillo is one of two Southern California athletes who will be attending the Special Olympics World Games. Vista’s Leslie Stone will compete in cross-country skiing.

Trujillo, whose learning disability qualifies her for Special Olympics, began snowboarding in January 2008. She competed at the Special Olympics Winter Games at Big Bear in March 2008 and won three medals.

The USA Special Olympics snowboarding team includes Patti Trujillo (front row, fifth from left), the only member from Southern California competing in that event.

She has been preparing for the World Winter Games since October, and in early D ecember she spent four days at a training camp in Colorado.

Southern California’s winter sports program has been cancelled due to funding issues. In addition, Special Olympics Southern California has decided to cancel future attendance at the World Games, so Trujillo and Stone will be the last Southern California athletes to participate unless that decision is reversed.

Trujillo, a 2006 Fallbrook High School graduate, is the second of five children and an adult volunteer for her sister’s Girl Scout troop. She is currently in a job training program.

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