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Fritz to compete for Team USA

Special Olympics Minnesota athlete Kristina Fritz has been selected to Team USA at the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, June 25- July 4, 2011.

Fritz, a Wal-Mart people greeter from Woodbury, Minn., will participate in the track and field competition as part of Team USA at the 2011 World Summer Games.

At 32 years old, Fritz has competed in, and placed in, many Special Olympics events.

Fritz has earned gold in swimming, skiing, track and bowling events. Fritz says she's is looking forward to competing in the 2011 World Summer Games and making her friends and family proud.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games will be the biggest sporting event worldwide in 2011, bringing together 7,500 Special Olympics athletes from 185 nations.

Each athlete will compete in one of 22 Olympic sports.

Special Olympics host the World Summer Games and the World Winter Games every two years on a rotating schedule.

The last World Games competition was the 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho.

Fritz is one of eight athletes from Minnesota selected to participate in the 2011 World Summer Games.

Nearly 300 other athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will participate together as Team USA.

The team will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, sailing, tennis, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball.

The athletes will travel with 120 coaches and support staff from 39 states, including two coaches from Minnesota.

Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

Through Special Olympics' athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.