Some athletes have been on the Coeur d'Alene Special Olympics team for more than a decade and have never missed a state game, but money got in the way of their Olympic dreams this year.
The athletes train for weeks, putting in hours of work to compete in one weekend of Olympic Games. This year's state games for the Winter Olympics is in Boise on March 2, but the Coeur d'Alene team had to make the tough decision to forgo the trip -- they didn't have enough money.
Of the 125 athletes on the Coeur d'Alene team, a few shared why they live for the Olympics.
?I like swimming because it's my favorite sport ever,? 18-year-old Crystal Teeters said with a big smile.
vo ?It made me grow into the person I am today, without Special Olympics I don't think I'd be who I am right now,? 40-year-old Kirk Grogan said.
To learn there would be no games this year is a huge let down, to say the least. The team needed $10,000 to travel to Boise, but they only have $4,000.
?To kind of ease the pain we're having a big team party in two week so that should help,? coach and Local Program Coordinator Travis Anderson said.