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By Mary Ann Redecker
The Emporia Gazette 

Athletes form bond through Special Olympics


EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — John Irsik and Drake Lutes enjoyed success last weekend in the Special Olympics state games in Wichita when both achieved their goals of winning gold medals.

As part of team Emporia Express, the two say they share something more meaningful than achieving gold, The Emporia Gazette ( ) reported.

They share a special bond through the friendship they've developed through their love of Special Olympics.

"John is my friend," Drake Lutes, 11, said. "He helps me at the games, and we have a lot of fun together. He is so nice and is a very special friend."...

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