Local Special Olympian Heads To South Korea - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Special Olympian Heads To South Korea

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 3,000 athletes are getting ready to compete in the Special Olympic World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on January 29th. Among those athletes will be our very own Heather Comer from Spokane Valley.

Heather has been a Special Olympics athlete for 13 years and currently competes in Alpine Skiing, bowling and golf. She told us she has been skiing since was ten years old and has been competing in the Special Olympics since she was 16.  

"I love skiing," Heather Comer said. "I'm doing downhill skiing, snow skiing." 

This year at the Washington Special Olympics she won a gold medal, qualifying her for the World Winter Games in South Korea.  

"I do have a lot of medals," Comer said. "I can't even count all of them." 

However, she does not compete just for the medals. 

"The best part is that you get to compete with your friends and family," Comer said.  

Heather skis with her sister and her coaches every week with a program run by the Spokane Parks Department at Mt. Spokane. Head coach Roger Schramm says she skis better every year, but it is about more than just the competition.  

"In fact, it is more about gaining self confidence and being able to enjoy something that they normally don't do," Schramm said. "It is really more that than even the actual skiing."  

Heather is one of six athletes from Washington that will be competing at the World Winter Games against competitors from 112 countries.  

"There's going to be a lot of people there and that's what makes me nervous, but also exciting at the same time," Comer said.  

Her whole family will be with her in South Korea to watch her compete and cheer her on.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • NE W INFORMATION: High Drive brush fire believed to be human caused

    NE W INFORMATION: High Drive brush fire believed to be human caused

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:03 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:03:28 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday evening the Spokane Fire department announced they had a likely cause for the High Drive brush fire: humans. The fire broke out Monday afternoon about 3pm on the west side of Spokane's South Hill between Squelch Golf Course and High Drive. By 6pm it had grown to 30 acres and moved to within 75 yards of several homes on High Drive.
    >>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday evening the Spokane Fire department announced they had a likely cause for the High Drive brush fire: humans. The fire broke out Monday afternoon about 3pm on the west side of Spokane's South Hill between Squelch Golf Course and High Drive. By 6pm it had grown to 30 acres and moved to within 75 yards of several homes on High Drive.

    >>
  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>