Let the dreams begin.
For the lanky teenager from India whose freestyle stroke is swift.
For the 19-year-old Samoan sprinter who solemnly says: “I am brave enough to compete.”
For the two athletes from Kosovo who make up the smallest of the delegations.
They are here, 6,500 competitors and 2,000 coaches from 165 countries, for an event as grand as their aspirations: the Special Olympics World Games.
FOR THE RECORD
July 24, 3:17 p.m.: An earlier online version of this article said that 177 countries were participating. The correct number is 165 countries.