Congratulating Emily Stephen upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition as a Gold and Silver Medalist in the Speci...

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  • 30 / May / 2013
  • 30 / May / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Emily Stephen upon the occasion of
her designation for special recognition as a Gold and Silver Medalist in
the Special Olympics World Games

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to extend its full
recognition and grateful tribute to the athletes of New York State who
have dedicated their purposeful lives to athletic achievement and proud-
ly represented their great State and Nation in Special Olympics competi-
tion; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to join the Saratoga,
New York, community in honoring Emily Stephen, a young woman of great
skill, personal courage and unparalleled dedication, whose character and
athletic achievements are world-renowned and personify the highest
ideals of the American spirit and Special Olympics competition; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to
congratulate Emily Stephen of Saratoga, New York, upon the occasion of
her designation for special recognition as Gold and Silver Medalist in
the Special Olympics World Games; and
WHEREAS, Emily Stephen knows first-hand as a 14-year veteran and a
supremely accomplished athlete in the Special Olympics; skiing for 20
years and competing in Equestrian since age 14, she recently returned
from her first World Games held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where she
won a gold medal in the super giant slalom and took silver in the giant
slalom; and
WHEREAS, More than 170 athletes represented Team USA in South Korea
with countries ranging from Norway, Czech Republic and Canada competing;
Emily Stephen, who was competing in her first World Games qualified to
be nominated by coaches to attend the World Games after winning a gold
medal at States; and
WHEREAS, Special Olympics has played a huge part in Emily Stephen's
growth; she has been given so many opportunities and has matured and
gained confidence throughout; in addition to alpine skiing, she excels
in Equestrian; and
WHEREAS, In October of 2012 at Skidmore Stables, Emily Stephen earned
the Gold at the state games; to prepare for both skiing and equestrian,
she trains three nights a week at Saratoga Health and Wellness; Emily
gets a lot of moral support from her mother, Kate, and she also prac-
tices on her edging technique on the mountains with her coach Ken
Ritzenburg; and
WHEREAS, At 28 years of age, Emily Stephen could reasonably compete at
a high level in skiing and equestrian for the foreseeable future; the
challenges of the future include the Summer Games at Los Angeles in 2015
as well as the Winter Games at Austria in 2017; and
WHEREAS, A role model for all, Emily Stephen is a talented, dedicated
athlete who has brought honor to her family, her coaches, and her commu-
nity of friends who have encouraged her progress and commended her hard
work; and
WHEREAS, A gifted athlete, Emily Stephen's character and achievements
stand as a sterling example and inspiration to all who would aspire to
such extraordinary success; and
WHEREAS, Many will only dream of competing in the Special Olympics
World Games; this young gifted athlete from the great State of New York,
through her hard work and tenacious spirit, has made that vision a real-
ity, and has proudly represented her country in competition among the
world's finest athletes, an honor that gives just cause for her family,

community and State to be exceedingly proud of her achievements; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Emily Stephen upon the occasion of her designation for
special recognition as a Gold and Silver Medalist in the Special Olym-
pics World Games, and extend its heartfelt congratulations on her
athletic achievements, and wish her continued success; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Emily Stephen.


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