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Students compete on the hills at Mississippi National Golf Links.

A taste of Olympic glory

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A group of over 30 Goodhue County Education Students gathered at the Mississippi National Golf Links driving range Wednesday to participate in the first installment of a modified winter Olympics games.

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Matt Rodgers, GCED social worker and organizer of the event, said the district tries to gather students from different sites together a couple of times each year.

“I think it went great,” Rodgers said. “All of our kids really enjoyed it.”

Students participated in bobsledding, luge, skeleton, which consisted mainly of students sledding down a hill, and a biathlon event where students snow-shoed from target to target and threw tennis balls at the targets.

Rodgers said some students didn’t want to participate, but changed their minds once they got to the venue.

“They just had a ball,” he said.

Many students don’t get the opportunity to get outdoors and do anything like this, Rodgers said, adding providing them that opportunity makes the job worth it.

“It’s the reason we do our job,” he said. “You get to see them be kids, which is nice.”

The week of Feb. 24 Rodgers is planning another program of Olympic events on the ice. Those will include a short track speed skating event, short track relay race, long track relay race, ice hockey and boot hockey.

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