More than 7000 athletes are heading for Los Angeles for nine inspiring days of competition.
The Special Olympics World Games will see adults and children with learning difficulties compete for medals across 25 Olympic-style sports.
Among those flying the flag for Great Britain is Bolton cyclist Kiera Byland.
Keira is raising money to set up a North West Special Olympics Cycling Hub, for more information and to donate visit their Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Team-Byland
A Manx athlete competing in the Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea has died.
Gareth Cowin passed away after being struck with a deadly virus earlier this week.
The 25-year-old was a keen sportsman, who had previously won a gold medal in Athens in 2011.
The Manx team will continue on to compete for the remainder of the games.