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Pride of Place
Elizabeth McGarr
December 08, 2008
The Special Olympics movement is an easy sell, according to one official, because so many people who come in contact with it are moved by the experience. Lynn Johnson is no exception. She photographed the statewide Summer Games in New Jersey and Ohio for SI earlier this year, and her work appears below and on previous pages. In these portraits of medal winners from those Games, she captured the pride in achievement that is common to all humanity. "I think that sport brings out the intensity in everyone," says Johnson. "You could see their drive, and you could see how aware and how invested the athletes are, just as every athlete is invested."
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December 08, 2008

Pride Of Place

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The Special Olympics movement is an easy sell, according to one official, because so many people who come in contact with it are moved by the experience. Lynn Johnson is no exception. She photographed the statewide Summer Games in New Jersey and Ohio for SI earlier this year, and her work appears below and on previous pages. In these portraits of medal winners from those Games, she captured the pride in achievement that is common to all humanity. "I think that sport brings out the intensity in everyone," says Johnson. "You could see their drive, and you could see how aware and how invested the athletes are, just as every athlete is invested."

AHMAD ZAMAN | 29 | TRACK & FIELD

JOANNE PAVLIK | 55 | BOCCE

GARRETT THOMPSON | 18 | TRACK & FIELD

LARRY HUNTER | 24 | POWERLIFTING

ALYSSA BOHNER | 13 | SWIMMING

JAMES HERNANDEZ | 27 | TRACK & FIELD

KATIE HEDRICK | 20 | GYMNASTICS

STEVEN SCIAN | 24 | BOCCE

JOENIQUA BARTHEL | 12 | TRACK & FIELD

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