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Kristen Hanifee of Middletown was one of six athletes who represented the United States at the Special Olympics of China games last fall in Fujian, China. Kristen, 20, was diagnosed at 14 months with Williams syndrome. She began swimming in the Special Olympics at age 8 and also competes on local swim teams. Kristen captured gold medals in all three of her events in China: the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter backstroke.
DT: What is your favorite event?
KH: The 50 free is my favorite because I swam so fast.
DT: Why do you like to swim?
KH: It’s fun. It keeps me really healthy.
DT: Have you flown on an airplane before?
KH: Yes, but not that long. It was like 15 hours.
DT: Did you get to watch movies?
KH: The movies are in Chinese. They were old Jackie Chan movies and stuff.
DT: So, did you enjoy the flight?
KH: It was boring. But we did see glaciers.
DT: Did you get to do anything in China besides swim?
KH: We went on a museum tour. We got to see different artifacts. We saw paintings, old coins and stuff. The culture is awesome over there.
DT: Did you talk to your competitors?
KH: Yes. They talk to you fast.
DT: What do you think of the whole experience?
KH: It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
DT: Do you have any advice for someone else who gets to do this?
KH: Have fun. Have a great time. —Drew Ostroski
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