The Magnolia state can take pride in the performances of three Mississippians who participated in the Special Olympics World Games. Monday afternoon they returned from the event that wrapped up Sunday.
Mississippi's medalists were greeted with cheers, hugs and signs for their achievement in Los Angeles.
The three athletes were exhausted after arriving at Jackson Evers International Airport following two weeks at the games.
"Feel good and tired," said Kyle Dutiel.
The 35 year old from Rankin County man took top honors in three events; dressage, working trail and equitation.
"It was a lot of people from different parts of the world and it was pretty hard, but I made it work, added Dutiel. "Lots and lots of practice for about a year. So it went pretty good."
Father and Son, Bill and Taylor Rosenthall of Shannon, won Silver in Unified Golf.
"Didn't do well the first day but got better," said Bill
Twenty one year old Taylor Rosenthall is a champion golfer with gold medals from other national events. He's been playing golf for 13 years. His father Bill is principal of Shannon High School.
"The first day just killed us in the golf tournament, added Bill. "We were too far out to catch up, but we did get better each day and we got the silver. We were 11th and finished fifth overall so we're really proud of that." said Bill Rosenthall.
The three Mississippians competed in the World Games from July 25th through August 2. They were among 6,500 athletes representing 165 countries.
Dutiel plans to complete in the next World Olympics in 2019.
The Rosenthalls are expected to compete in the Special Olympic Fall Games in October at Camp Shelby.