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Eden Valley bowler earns Special Olympics gold medal



By Julie Bulau, Staff writer

Standing on the medal platform, Quin Amundson couldn't hide her excitement as she received her first-place medal.

Amundson raised her arms high as the gold medal was placed around her neck during the awards ceremony following the Special Olympics Bowling Competition Friday, Nov. 9, in Brooklyn Park. The 2010 EV-W graduate bowled an 83 and 113 to take first place.

"She was ecstatic about placing first and receiving a gold medal," said Karen Buermann, one of the Special Olympics coaches. "Quin bowled really well that day and she had a big fan club watching her."

The team practiced every Monday and Wednesday, and Buermann wasn't surprised at Quin's performance. "She usually bowls really well in practice," Buerman said.

Amundson was the only one competing from EV-W. Jordan Jansen was also scheduled to bowl, but could not because of illness.

Up next for the EV-W Special Olympics team is the the track and field competition. Practice begins in April with area competition in May and the state competition in June.

Special Olympic coaches include Buerman, Heidi Block, Jane Hennen, Lynette Wagner, Becky Kuechle, Tanya Janssen and Judy Kramer.