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News & Notes: Tjuana James competes in 2014 USA Special Olympic Games

4-Tjuana James2Wherever Tjuana James goes, gold seems to follow. This past year she has competed in several athletic events across the country.

James, a participant of Monarch’s River City Achievement Center in Elizabeth City, kicked off 2014 at the Special Olympic Winter Games where she took gold in downhill skiing at Appalachian Ski Mountain near Boone, N.C.

Then in May, James headed to Raleigh where she received a gold medal for weight lifting, a silver medal for the bench press, a ribbon for squats and the triple combination event. 

Most recently, in June, she travelled to New Jersey for the 2014 USA Special Olympics Summer Games. She competed in weightlifting and came in fifth in the deadlift and fifth in the double combination event.

While in New Jersey, James attended the opening and closing ceremonies, went on a cruise around New York City and met new people from across the country.

“It was fun and I did my best,” she said.

Next up for James is a bocce tournament in November. After that, she says she’ll start training for bowling and basketball.

“I’ve been competing for 24 years,” she said. And she won’t be stopping any time soon.

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