Groton girl wins two silver medals in Special Olympics


It is a story of perseverance and success.

A Groton native made her way to the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria and she has already claimed two medals.

According to her family, Kinsey Henry, is an all-around athlete, but currently she is competing in women's snowshoeing.

It is a moment the 17-year-old athlete will remember forever - winning a silver medal in the Special Olympics.

"There's been a lot of tears this week, but they've all been happy tears which is nice," Kinsey's mom, Annette Edwards, said.

Edwards said Kinsey will come back to Central New York with at least two silver medals.

One of the medals is for the 100 meter snowshoe race, and if that was not enough bling, she won more silver for the 200 meter race.

Kinsey excels in sports beyond snowshoeing.

She also loves track, swimming and volleyball.

Kinsey has autism, and her mom said through sports, she has really opened up.

"She went from this shy little girl who wouldn't make eye contact to being able to be so proud of herself and able to represent for Special Olympics. She also does that for autism awareness. It's been amazing," Edwards said.

Kinsey's success is being documented on Facebook.

People from her hometown of Groton are cheering her on.

Kinsey was even able to FaceTime with the kids at her school.

"The support - it just fills my heart, and again makes me emotional, just from that aspect because it's so wonderful to know so many people care are following her. They're following her. They want to know how she's doing. They're cheering her on from the United States," Edward said.

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