Joy of meeting new friends punctuates Special Olympics spirit at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Halfway through his 100-meter snowshoe qualifier during Monday’s Special Olympics Maine Winter Games, Korry Vann of Leeds began to suffer a fate that any super-speedy athlete may eventually find himself in.

The 24-year-old’s lucky Pikachu hat was doing its job, after all, and Vann was striding along smoothly at the front of the pack. He was, in fact, vying for the lead. But some of his garments were having a hard time keeping up.

“I’m losing my pants!” he shouted. Then, after grabbing hold of his waistband and correcting matters, he let loose with a bellow that showed his attitude had changed for the better.

“Yee-ha!” he yelled before bolting to the finish line.

At the end of the race, while sharing his tale of woe, a nearby fellow competitor told Vann that he sometimes has the same problem.

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