Allan Louis Lohr of West Palm Beach, Florida will be taking his experience and well-polished figure skating routines to Austria this March for the 2017 Special Olympics World Games.
With five medals under his belt and an unfaltering love of sports, Lohr is excited to meet and compete with other athletes from around the world. Having been a part of Special Olympics since the third grade, Lohr is credited with bringing the program to his elementary school.
“Originally he got involved because his brother did track and field for Special Olympics for his school,” said mother Carolyn Lohr. He then decided to bring the program to his school as well. He made track and field, swimming, cycling, bowling, figure and speed skating available to himself and his classmates. With such a deep history of involvement with the program, Carolyn Lohr said it’s hard for him to pick just one event.
“He wanted to do everything,” she said on the upcoming World Games. “He’s excited to meet people from other countries and compete with people from around the world.”
Lohr will be competing in the sport where he and his wife first met- figure skating. Allan met Rebekah while both were practicing at an ice rink. Rebekah Lohr attended the 2005 World Games in Japan where she competed in figure skating alongside her husband- an event both have been training in for many of years. He has previously competed in speed skating at the 2001 World Games in Alaska as well as the 2005 World Games held in Japan.
In a recent interview with CBS12.com, Lohr said he originally became involved with figure skating kind of by accident.
"I accidentally did a double axle," he claims. "I'm not sure how I did it, but I did it."
Palm Beach Ice Works Director of Figure Skating Martine de la Torre said, "He can jump right; he can jump left. You show him how to do it and he can do it, which is amazing!"
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