Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray recently recognized a D.C. teen for his victories at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games in Austria last month.
At his State of Ward 7 address on Thursday, April 6, Gray presented 17-year-old D.C. native and two-time gold medalist Cornell Gray with a D.C. Council ceremonial resolution named after him: “Cornell Taron Gray Recognition Resolution of 2017.”
“I want to congratulate [Cornell] for a job well done,” Gray said. “On behalf of the Council of the District of Columbia, I want to present him with a resolution.
“The [council] congratulates Cornell for his perseverance and achievement in representing the United States at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, winning two gold medals for speed skating,” Gray said as he presented Cornell with the resolution.
Cornell had only been speed skating for two years before he snagged two gold medals in the sport at the Special Olympics World Games.
The H.D Woodson High School junior became involved with Special Olympics a few years ago, playing basketball, soccer and other sports. He already has medals in volleyball, basketball and bowling.
Nearly 2,700 Special Olympics athletes, representing 107 countries around the world, competed in Austria for the 2017 World Winter Games.
Cornell was the only Special Olympics athlete from D.C. to represent Team USA in the World Games. The trip was his first time out of the country.