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Kalispell Special Olympian prepares for Korea trip

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:35:10 PM MST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 07:37:13 PM MST

On Thursday, Kalispell resident Kathy Rose will board a plane for a series of flights ending up in South Korea. The reason is one that fills her with joy: She will compete in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Rose participates in many sports, but her main source of passion has been snowshoeing.

“It’s a hard sport but it’s worth it. I run, I pretend like a bear is chasing me,” said Rose. 

She has snow-shoed for the local Kalispell Krushers team, and after winning the gold, she was selected to snowshoe with Team USA in South Korea.

“The night before were talking about it and I said she deserves to go. The next thing you know we find out that she got her name pulled out of a hat and we both just started jumping for joy,” said Kathy’s friend and neighbor Kim Brown. 

Rose tells NBC Montana that she cried when she found out she was going on the trip. The competitions begin on January 30 and run through February 5. The event will kick off in the same location as the 2018 Winter Olympics.

NBC Montana spoke with Rose at her home in downtown Kalispell. She says she was elated when she heard the news that she’d be going to South Korea.

“I’m going for the gold, all the way,” said Rose.