Rapid City welcomes home Special Olympics gold medalist

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Cheers and signs welcomed Trevor Tridle of Lead, SD home from the Special Olympics World Championships in Abu Dhabi Saturday afternoon.

Trevor Tridle displays his four medals from the Special Olympics World Championship

Tridle came back home with four medals in lifting — a bronze in both the squat and deadlifting competitions, a gold medal in bench lifting, and the overall gold medal in the power lifting category. The combined weight of 1,348 pounds from the tree events made Tridle the world champion.

Trevor Tridle welcomed home by Rapid City Rush mascot Nugget

Competing in the world championship required intense training and “gut wrenching workouts” to achieve a longtime goal for Tridle. He said, “It was a big dream I had, and I think I’ve completed one part of my life’s dream.”

For his first night back Tridle enjoyed a Rapid City Rush game, where he received a standing ovation from the crowd.

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