Nicholas Mendiguren of Legrande, Oregon will be charging through his fifth year with the Special Oympics as he competes for team USA on the world stage. Mendiguren got involved with the Special Olympics to fix a knee issue and get more in shape, which he has achieved through training and competing. He has made many friends in the process, and loves reconnecting with them every time they meet. “What I love most is having friends and family around to share things with. Without them, I just get bored,” Mendiguren said. Mendiguren holds a job at the Super 8 Motel, and has other hobbies as well, including role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. “You have to understand it to play it. If you get the right group playing, it’s great. Often times we get off topic and don’t even talk about the game,” Mendiguren said. When asked what the Special Olympics means to him, he had a very simple answer. “I just like that I can reconnect with old friends,” Mendiguren said.
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