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Special Olympics: Swimming, track and field at Princeton

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The Special Olympics USA Games are underway in New Jersey. Swimming and track and field events took place at Princeton, N.J., Tuesday.

New Jersey Special Olympics athlete Jacqueline Fuentes, 17, pulled far away from the pack to take home a gold medal for track and field. She learned about the games a few years ago and has been competing ever since. Like so many of these athletes the games have changed how she feels about herself.

Nicole is a Special Olympics athlete from Hawaii who swam her way to gold.

Susanna brown made Ithaca, New York, proud.

21-year-old Keith Fisher from Piscataway, New Jersey, didn't let the heat outside slow him down. He credits the Special Olympics with building his confidence on and off the track.

The games cater to athletes with intellectual disabilities. More than the thrill of competition the games are opportunity for those can often feel isolated to feel like they belong.

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