Special Olympic silver medalist receives warm welcome home from Abu Dhabi

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Special Olympic silver medalist Brandi Deese had a welcome home celebration party in her honor Wednesday afternoon.

Deese returned home to Dothan with a Silver medal after competing in the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Deese, who’s no stranger to competing in the World Games, said that being able to represent America was wonderful. 

“It feels amazing to have this Silver medal around my neck,” Deese said. “I want to thank a lot of people for praying for me and wishing me the very best, and I’m just glad that I’m back in Dothan.”

Months went into preparing for the World Games. Deese trained three to five times a week locally and said all the hard work paid off.

“I had a time trails, and I did really good in my time trails,” Deese said. “Then the next day, I did a lot more, and then when I competed, I came in second.”

Out of 200 U.S.A athletes, Deese was selected by the coaches as one of three to participate in the closing ceremonies. 

“I’m so grateful that I got picked,” Deese said. “All I can say is go team U.S.A. I want to say that I miss my teammates, so good luck to them.”

Deese said since she’s returned home, she’s been catching up on her sleep and taking a break.

Brandi also said that her favorite thing she did beside compete was being able to ride a camel.

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