Columbia man to compete in World Winter Games

Matt Krippel of Columbia left Wednesday for the opportunity of a lifetime, participating as a member of Team USA in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. 

Matt Krippel left Wednesday for South Korea to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

You may recognize Krippel from his employment at Market Place in Columbia, where he has worked since 1991, or helping on the sidelines of a Columbia High School football game. He also assists the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Krippel received a plaque recently for being named CVFD 2012 Honorary Fireman.

In addition to all of this, Krippel is an avid skier. So much so, he has advanced to the Special Olympics World Winter Games for alpine skiiing. A total of 152 athletes are members of Team USA.

Opening ceremonies for the 10th World Winter Games begin Jan. 30 in South Korea, with competitions taking place Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. In all, more than 2,300 athletes representing 110 nations will participate.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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