Special Olympics athlete Anton Grotz: ‘Never give up, and always keep fighting’

 |   Steve Clarke

Special Olympics snowshoeing athlete Anton Grotz

Anyone who goes up against Anton Grotz will find they have big shoes to fill – snowshoes, to be exact.

The 22-year-old is among 2,700 athletes competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this month. Grotz’s “fighting spirit to win” and determination to always keep improving are among the traits his father says he admires in his son, who has learning disabilities but doesn’t let them stop him from what he wants to do.

“Never give up, and always keep fighting,” says the young snowshoer, whose smile is as winning as his talent.

Grotz is from a small town, Unterammergau, Germany, and is one of 30 athletes Microsoft is supporting in the March 14-25 event, which features eight winter sports: Alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, floorball, short track speed skating, snowboarding and Grotz’s passion, snowshoeing.

“We all here in the region are proud that we have a sportsman who will go to the World Games in Schladming, Austria,” one of the sites for the World Winter Games, says coach Horst Demmelmayr of Special Olympics Germany. Grotz “wholeheartedly gives his best in everything he does.”

Read more about Grotz on Microsoft News Center.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff