Michael Abrams ©Stars and StripesEnkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, May, 2011: Tristan Janzen cheers as Paul Swidzinski pushes him to the finish line during the Special Olympics. Around 600 American and German athletes participated in the games, along with 1,300 volunteers — including a “buddy” like Swidzinski for each athlete — who helped things run smoothly.

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