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LONG ISLAND, New York – A Special Olympics athlete from Long Island was honored Monday for winning four gold medals in powerlifting at the international Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
Angel Athenas, 34, of Huntington won the gold medal in deadlift, squat, bench press and overall weight lifting. Her largest lift was a deadlift of 292 pounds.
“I don’t get tired. I keep going and I never stop going,” Athenas told Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne. “It’s called dedication, working hard.”
Athenas, who has ADHD, bipolar disorder and a mild intellectual delay, receives services through Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE). The group honored her Monday morning at its headquarters in Old Bethpage.
“Angel is just a true inspiration to each and every one of us,” said FREE CEO Robert Budd. “Here’s a special Olympian who goes out for something she had never done historically, connects to this new passion and creates a world record. It doesn’t get better than that.”