USA Athletes Officially Chosen for 2019 Deaflympics in Valtellina-Valchiavenna, Italy

USA Deaf Sports Federation Team Announced
76 Athletes, Coaches and Staff to Represent USA at 2019 Deaflympics

Washington, D.C. (PRESS RELEASE) – The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) proudly announces its 76-member delegation slated to represent the United States at the 2019 Winter Deaflympics, scheduled for December 12-21 in Valtellina-Valchiavenna, Italy. USADSF athletes will compete in all 6 sports offered: hockey, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, curling and chess.

Team USA is comprised of 42 athletes, 20 coaches/staff and 14 USADSF delegation members who support team operations. All USADSF athletes are deaf or hard of hearing, competing together under the United States flag.

Various individual and team sporting events will be held in and around Valtellina – Valchiavenna. Chiavenna is the official headquarters. Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowboarding will be held in Santa Caterina Valfurva. Chess and Ice Hockey will be held in Chiavenna. Curling will be held in Madesimo.

Sorenson Communications, Gallaudet University and Keepsake Quilts are the official sponsors of USADSF at the 2019 Winter Deaflympics.

USADSF Website: www.usdeafsports.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/usadsf
Twitter: @USADSF
Instagram: @USADSF
Hashtags: #USADSFitaly2019

To learn more about USADSF and the 2019 Deaflympics, visit www.usdeafsports.org/2019. For media inquiries, contact media@usdeafsports.org.

ABOUT THE DEAFLYMPICS

Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Deaflympics. Alternating between summer and winter Deaflympics, this event is the flagship event of the Deaflympics movement, which promotes inclusion, equality, and acceptance around the world.

Approximately over 1200 athletes and officials are expected to attend this 10-day festival of elite sports and cultural events. In addition, this event will attract at least 1,000 Deaflympic supporters, spectators, family of competitors and international and national visitors.

Under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, this event has a long and proud history, commencing in 1924 in Paris, France. The last edition of Winter Deaflympics was held in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk, the Russian Federation in 2015 and they achieved a new record in the number of participating countries.

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